Page 1370 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 5 April 2011

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That was signed by the name of the staffer. My writer says:

I have a couple more … txt messages to … in my records, so I would be very surprised if he responded. I do not delete anything, ever.

Then I got a follow-up the next day that says:

Hi again Vicki

I reviewed my records this morning and confirm that I have no record of receipt of any txt message, email or phone call from … since I alerted him to the existence of documentary evidence of interference with the inquiry.

I did find an earlier txt message from … sent on 16/3 at 2.50 pm, in which he said in the context of concerns over … (amongst other things):

“If any concerns are put to me or the Minister in any format of course we will act”

That is the end of the text message and my writer goes on to say:

It is difficult to reconcile this with his failure to respond at all to the txt I sent him only days later.

I seek leave to table these de-identified versions of the emails.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: I thank members for leave. I table the following papers:

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—Text messages to Ms Burch’s office—Copies of emails to and from Mrs Dunne, dated 28 and 31 March and 1 April 2011.

It is incumbent upon the minister to conduct a proper inquiry in her office in relation to the text messages and the undertakings that were made by her staff in relation to taking up issues on behalf of people associated with Bimberi who are quite concerned—(Time expired).

Scripture Union Australia

MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.31): I rise this afternoon to pay tribute to the work done by Scripture Union Australia, most particularly the outstanding contribution to our local community made by the ACT branch of Scripture Union.

Scripture Union Australia is part of a worldwide organisation which has been in operation in over 130 countries since 1867.

Here in the ACT the Scripture Union, or SU ACT, has been providing chaplaincy services in our schools for the past 30 years and currently provides these services to 30 schools.

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