Page 3764 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 24 August 2011

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There are, of course, a wide range of views on the benefits of investing in the public realm. We have just heard from Mr Coe in his particular question that he obviously does not support this level of investment, both in terms of the work of Canberra CBD Ltd and also his voting record in this place. He has voted against every single investment in the CBD since he has been a member of this place.

In the end, it is the voting record of people in this place that matters. The people of Canberra will make their judgements on how people vote on the issues that are before them in this place. Mr Coe and his colleagues have demonstrated on each and every budget their opposition to any investment in the Canberra CBD. That is disappointing, but it is what you would expect from a bunch of people that have done nothing in terms of policy development for nearly three-quarters of a parliamentary term and whose only reason for being is opposition for opposition’s sake.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—staff

MR HANSON: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, on Monday, 22 August on 2CC, former AMC superintendant Doug Buchanan stated, “But the way the government treated me, the way the department treated me, is absolutely shameful.” Attorney-General, why was your department’s treatment of Mr Buchanan so shameful?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Hanson for the question. I have previously been asked by Mr Hanson and others questions about this and I have indicated in those previous answers that these are staffing matters between a public servant and the management of my directorate. At all times I have indicated my confidence in the way that my department—directorate now—has managed the matter and I am not going to disclose the privacy of those staffing arrangements beyond what I have already placed on the public record.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Hanson?

MR HANSON: Yes, Mr Speaker. Attorney-General, why have you not stated the real reasons for the termination of Mr Buchanan?

MR CORBELL: Mr Buchanan agreed to return to the New South Wales Corrective Services. I am not at liberty to disclose the privacy of personal staffing arrangements involving the former superintendent and my directorate. Even if Mr Buchanan seeks to ventilate these matters publicly, that does not release me or my director-general and her officers from respecting the privacy and the confidentiality of the staffing arrangements. That is the approach we will continue to take on this matter.

MR HARGREAVES: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Thank you very much. Minister, having regard to the sensitivities of the privacy of the officer concerned, have any of those opposite, the opposition, approached you for a confidential in-depth briefing on this issue?

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