Page 1201 - Week 03 - Thursday, 31 March 2011

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Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—inquiry

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People. Minister, earlier in question time I asked about a text message discussing a departmental cover-up. During question time have you sought and/or received information about this issue? If so, will you update the Assembly on what you have learnt?

MS BURCH: Thank you, Mr Coe. I did and I have been advised by a staff member that a text message was sent to him in regard to—

Opposition members interjecting—

MS BURCH: I do not know the context of the text. The reply from my staff member to that person was: “If you have concerns, put them in writing. Put them to the office. We want to hear all concerns.”

Mr Seselja: He did put them in writing.

MS BURCH: Put it in writing—not a simple text message.

Mrs Dunne: He ignored it.

MS BURCH: No. He responded.

MR SPEAKER: Order! These are not supplementary questions. Mr Coe has the call.

MR COE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, when was this text message received and do you expect that you should have been told about that sort of message before now?

MS BURCH: I will be exploring that in my office when I return to it after question time.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, are you satisfied that you find out such information in question time and that the opposition seems to know more about what is going on in your office than you do?

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Ms Burch has the floor.

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