Page 500 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 8 March 2011

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MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth?

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, why did the appointment process leading to the appointment of the first investigator not identify the issue that caused this investigator to resign?

MR CORBELL: Again, Mr Speaker, these are matters that are dealt with by the ESA commissioner. I will take advice from him and provide further information to the member.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Smyth?

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker.

Mr Hargreaves: That is a third.

MR SPEAKER: Are you after a supplementary, Mr Hargreaves?

Mr Hargreaves: No, I am after a direct new question.

MR SPEAKER: I will come to you in a moment, then. Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, has the investigation of the allegations of bullying been compromised by the change in investigator?

MR CORBELL: I do not believe so, Mr Speaker.


MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Minister for Women. Minister, I note that today is International Women’s Day. Could you please advise the Assembly about any work being undertaken at the national or the local level that will support women in the ACT?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Hargreaves for his question and, as he noted, I would like to acknowledge that today is indeed International Women’s Day and in fact it is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

Although 8 March is International Women’s Day, we as a government recognise that women are to be celebrated and recognised and their importance valued each and every day. It is also true that there are struggles faced by women today, struggles that women confront on a daily basis, and as such one of those struggles is the reality of domestic violence. This is why on 15 February this year an out-of-session Council of Australian Governments meeting endorsed a national plan to reduce violence against women and their children.

This national plan is the first of its kind as it emphasises a whole of government and a whole of community sector approach throughout all jurisdictions and at all levels to

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