Page 4181 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 21 September 2011

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MR HARGREAVES: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Minister, which do you believe is the most appropriate course of action with regard to the matter—the director-general’s request to the Public Advocate to investigate the matter or the prosecution of this thing in the public arena, as detailed by those opposite?

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, is that asking for an expression of opinion?

MR SPEAKER: I invite Mr Hargreaves to reframe the question.

Mr Hanson: Is it out of order or not? You don’t get a second bite at the cherry.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hanson, that is absolutely not true. That reflects your personal perspective of this place. A number of members on your side have been invited at times to reframe their questions, and I invite you to be more balanced in your feedback. Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Minister, which would be the better result for the staff and for the young people—to have the Public Advocate investigate the matter in accordance with the letter from the director-general or to have the matter prosecuted in the public arena by those opposite and other such people?

MS BURCH: I think the answer there is fairly straightforward. The Public Advocate is the right and appropriate person to undertake this review. The directorate has been supportive of the view, and I ask all those interested in this debate to let that process proceed and to be very mindful of any commentary they make and the reflections that they have and the impact they have on staff morale.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Seselja, a supplementary.

MR SESELJA: Minister, will you table in the Assembly by close of business today all briefs and other advice you have received from the directorate in response to your seeking assurances and, if not, why not?

MS BURCH: I will not be tabling the brief that I get from the directorate.

Mr Seselja interjecting—


MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, a question without notice.

MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker.

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