Page 3839 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 24 August 2011

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Also, I will read some extracts from a copy of the media release from the commission entitled “Commission’s review of youth justice considered staff concerns”:

The ACT Human Rights Commission’s Review of the Youth Justice System … considered staff concerns, including allegations of bullying and harassment … The Commissioner was responding to claims from Vicki Dunne … that the Commission ‘covered up’ allegations of bullying and coercion of staff, and these matters had been ‘completely omitted’ … ‘Claims of bullying, harassment, racism, staffing culture and work safety are discussed and reported on in the Review Report in considerable detail.

“Recorded in considerable detail.” Ms Durkin said:

… individual allegations are dealt with by the Commission in a variety of ways, depending on the circumstances.

‘This may include investigation by the Commission on a confidential basis or reporting to appropriate agencies including the Australian Federal Police.’

Finally, the media release from the Human Rights Commission states:

We note in the Report that some incidents had already been investigated by the Government or other oversight agencies. All of the issues raised, however, informed the content and recommendations of the Report. It would be inappropriate for the Commission to comment on individual cases and potentially reveal personal details.

This clearly sets out clearly—and I encourage you to read their media release—that the commission say they reviewed and investigated all issues—all of the issues informed the content and recommendations of the report. So for Mrs Dunne and those opposite to continually undermine the Human Rights Commission is appalling. (Time expired.)

Legislative Assembly—leave of absence

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (7.01): I rise to express my dismay at what I think is a bit of poor form from those opposite in recent times. I am minded to quote from Hansard. Mr Hanson was critical of Mr Stanhope taking recreation leave while the place was sitting. I also note that they were quite free in having a go at the current Chief Minister when she was taking holidays when the place was not sitting. In relation to the former Chief Minister, Mr Hanson said:

This is exceptional and extraordinary behaviour … it is rude, arrogant and discourteous that leave is being sought in this place … It is absolutely unreasonable to suggest that a Liberal member of this Assembly should forgo their vote so that the Chief Minister can go on a holiday.

He said, in relation to a meeting between the whips about the agreement in regard to pairs:

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