Page 5018 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 26 October 2011

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MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, you have a supplementary.

MR SMYTH: Minister, how can you confuse a report which analyses relocation options and their costs with a report which assesses the quality of existing buildings?

MR CORBELL: I am not confused, Mr Speaker.

MR HANSON: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, what was the response of your government to the conclusion of the cost-benefit analysis undertaken by Wilde and Woollard that the proposal to co-locate at Fairbairn would be substantially negative?

MR CORBELL: I refer Mr Hanson to my previous answer.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary, Mr Hanson.

Opposition members interjecting

MR SPEAKER: Order! I cannot hear Mr Hanson’s question.

MR HANSON: Minister, why did your government ignore the conclusion of the expert report from Wilde and Woollard?

MR CORBELL: The government did not ignore the report. The government took action in response to the report, and I refer Mr Hanson to my previous answers on that subject.

Children and young people—care and protection

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Minister, in January this year, the Victorian Liberal government established a panel of inquiry into Victoria’s protection services for young children. This week the Victorian Ombudsman released his report on his investigations regarding the Victorian Department of Human Services’ child protection program in the Bendigo region. Minister, given the fact that you have been censured for your mismanagement of the care and protection portfolio and you have been described as “embattled” in your portfolio, are you following the progress of the inquiry and are you following the Ombudsman’s report? Have you asked for and received a briefing from your directorate on the report and any relevance it may have to the ACT? If not, why not, and will you do so in the future?

MS BURCH: I thank Mrs Dunne for her question. Again, she has not let me down: she continues to be negative and somewhat insulting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Minister Burch, the question.

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