Page 4049 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 20 September 2011

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Mr Smyth: She ignores you. Will you direct the minister to answer the question? If she does not want to, then she can sit down.

MR SPEAKER: Let us come to the question, Minister Burch.

MS BURCH: I will leave all these compliance matters to be revealed, documented and outlined in the Public Advocate’s review.

MR HARGREAVES: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Minister, will you table the director-general’s letter to the Public Advocate requesting the review, and is the Community Services Directorate providing resources to assist the Public Advocate to conduct the review?

MS BURCH: I am quite happy to table the letter that the director-general has sent to the Public Advocate and I am quite happy to advise members here that we will be supporting in any way we can the Public Advocate to undertake that review. I am quite happy to table that. I table the following paper:

Children and Young People Act 2008—Possible breach of section 63—Copy of letter from the Director-General, Community Services Directorate, to the Public Advocate, dated 14 September 2011.

I will leave it there for members’ interest. The director-general has indeed written to the Public Advocate volunteering that the directorate will provide assistance with all records and documentations as provided. The directorate has undertaken work with the Public Advocate to ensure that there are adequate resources during the course of the review and the directorate will provide one full-time equivalent staff member to be seconded to the Public Advocate—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MS BURCH: to assist her to undertake the first part of her review. The member has recently finished a secondment to the Public Advocate so is well aware of and familiar with the work processes—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

MS BURCH: and I think that shows the good faith in which the directorate is entering into this review.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, last question time I made clear to the chamber my distaste for the gratuitous insults put across the chamber. I think the comments you’ve made in the last minute or so fall into that category. I ask members to raise the standard of commentary in the chamber. Dr Bourke, you have the call.

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