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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (22 April) . . Page.. 1258 ..

Periodic Detention Centre - Alleged Improper Conduct

(Question No. 116)

Mr Stanhope

asked the Minister for Justice and Community Safety, upon notice, on 24 March 1999:

In relation to allegations of improper conduct at the Periodic Detention Centre -

On 28 October 1998, in response to a question from Mr Berry, the Minister advised the Assembly that the Auditor-General, on his referral under provisions of the Public Interest Disclosure Act, was investigating claims made by a former officer of ACT Corrective Services about improper conduct at the Centre and the response of senior officers of ACT Corrective Services to those claims.

(1) Have you received advice from the Auditor-General

(a) If not, (i) why not and (ii) what action will the Minister take to follow up this delay.

(b) If so, (i) what is the advice, (ii) what action will flow from it, and (iii) why was it not released earlier.

Mr Humphries

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) I have not received advice from the Auditor-General;

(a) (i) As Mr Stanhope is aware, I do not have the power to direct the Auditor-General in the performance of his work. He is entirely independent of Government and questions about the performance of the functions of his office should be directed to him.

(ii) see answer to (a)(i) above.

(b) Not applicable.

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