Page 3758 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 24 August 2011

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MS BRESNAN: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, how was the public informed about draft variation 307 being given interim effect, especially those who had put in submissions to the planning process?

MR CORBELL: It was publicly notified in the newspaper, I understand.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—review

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Minister, earlier in question time you said in relation to staff bullying and coercion in the Bimberi report that all complaints have been investigated. In the page from the report that you cited, page 137, the report actually says:

… the Commission was not able to investigate or verify the accuracy of these allegations …

Can the minister explain why her answer is utterly contradicted by the report on the very page she referred to?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Doszpot for his question. In relation to that, what Mr Doszpot has failed to reap from the report is that “staff involved did not wish to have their identities disclosed”. It goes on. I also refer you to other areas of the report. It says:

A number of serious allegations were reported in the … Assembly and media before … this …

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Let’s hear the minister.

MS BURCH: It says:

CSD provided the Commission with details of the background and subsequent investigations of critical incidents, including whether they were subject to external scrutiny. In the most part, the Commission was satisfied with the level of scrutiny provided by other external agencies to these incidents.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Doszpot?

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, will you admit giving a misleading answer and apologise to the Assembly?

MS BURCH: I have no intention to mislead the Assembly. It is those opposite who continue to undermine the integrity of the human rights commissioner. They have stood in this place time and time again and have undermined the human rights

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