Page 3522 - Week 08 - Thursday, 18 August 2011

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MR DOSZPOT: I did try and get a question in—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, the question. I am not interested—

MR DOSZPOT: Mr Speaker, three times and I was ignored. Thank you.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, I am not interested. Ask your question or sit down.

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Attorney-General. In the Canberra Times dated 16 August 2011 it states, in relation to former superintendent Doug Buchanan:

The Justice and Community Safety Directorate will now launch an independent investigation into the matter.

Attorney-General, who will conduct this investigation and what are the terms of reference for the investigation?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Doszpot for the question. As Mr Doszpot should know, it is not appropriate for me, or indeed for any other minister, to get into the specifics of an individual staffing matter within the ACT public service. But what I would say in relation to this particular matter and the issues raised by Mr Doszpot is that, first of all, it was not appropriate for my directorate to undertake its own investigations in relation to the matters involving the individual Mr Doszpot refers to ahead of any police investigation.

Now that that police investigation has concluded, it is appropriate that the Justice and Community Safety Directorate undertake its own internal investigations into the matter. I am also aware that a number of matters have also been referred to the Ombudsman. In relation to who will conduct the JACS investigation, that will be a matter to be determined by the director-general of my directorate.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Doszpot?

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, how can the community be assured that independence is maintained when the Justice and Community Safety Directorate is undertaking an investigation of its own actions?

MR CORBELL: Investigations in relation to staffing matters are conducted either by officers of the directorate or by appointed independent external reviewers. The exact circumstances and requirements in this case will be determined by my director-general.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Seselja?

MR SESELJA: Thank you. Minister, will the outcomes of the report be tabled in the Assembly, and when will the report be completed?

MR CORBELL: These are staffing matters and are appropriately dealt with by my directorate. They are not matters that I am involved in, nor should they be matters that the Assembly is involved in.

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