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Mr Berry: Was it more than one?

Mr Kaine: Which one do you want?

MR STEFANIAK: Which one do you want? Yes, exactly.

Ms McRae: The one you talked about yesterday.

Mr De Domenico: Which letter?

Mr Kaine: The one you have already?

MR STEFANIAK: Yes, I think that is probably the case.

Ms Follett: That is not true.

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, here we go again.


MR STEFANIAK: This is a very sensitive matter. Mr Whitecross, I would have no problem, in a confidential briefing, which other people have had, for you to see this letter and have my chief executive walk you through the whole thing. I really do not see the need for me, in this difficult situation, to answer that particular question; I am sorry. I do not think you are really interested in the facts of this case. I think you have a fair idea of a lot of them, and you are just making cheap political points. If you take the briefing, you will be able to get the full story.

MR WHITECROSS: I have a supplementary question. Minister, thank you for your new information - that there was not one letter, but more than one letter. I refer you again to my question, which was, “Did you sign the letters?”. If you did not sign the letters, who did? Did any of the letters nominate a solicitor to participate in the reassessment process? In answering these questions, I ask the Minister to draw a distinction between privacy, which is to protect the interests of the student involved, and secrecy, which is to protect the interests of the Minister.

MR STEFANIAK: I am quite happy. I do not believe any specific solicitor was mentioned by name in relation to any of the letters on this matter that might have left my office, Mr Whitecross. I might point out that no particular solicitor, or any solicitor, in fact, has been appointed in relation to this case - certainly not from the department's point of view.

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