Page 5387 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 16 November 2011

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Mr Hargreaves interjecting—

Mr Hanson: On a point of order, Mr Hargreaves was just interjecting. I believe the words he used were “shame, shame” and he then said the word “scum”. I would ask that he confirm whether that is what he said and, if so, withdraw, please.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves.

Mr Hargreaves: I was using it a collective noun but I withdraw it.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hargreaves. Minister, you have the floor.

MS BURCH: The other comment that I have heard is that if people had the choice about taking the legal advice from the highest counsel of this government, the Solicitor-General, or Mrs Dunne, they are erring on taking the counsel of the Solicitor-General. I have also heard that they have recognised—

Mr Barr: Not Judge Judy.

MS BURCH: No, not Judge Judy over there. They have also recognised that, in my comments when I tabled that yesterday, I did not attack the Public Advocate. I did not attack the Public Advocate. I have never attacked the Public Advocate. You have attacked the Solicitor-General. Look at your words yesterday, Mrs Dunne. I have always accepted that there were areas of improvement and the colleagues at—(Time expired.)

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! Mr Hanson has the floor for a supplementary.

MR HANSON: Minister, in relation to the 24 occasions on which NBSS, without suitable entity status, was asked to care for children, did the chief executive at any time consider whether to exercise the discretion to give oral authorisation of NBSS as a suitable entity? If no, why not? If yes, did the chief executive follow the legislated procedures?

MS BURCH: This will get repetitive, but, under the advice from the Solicitor-General that the placements with NBSS were legal, there was no requirement for the director-general to pursue activity to make them a suitable entity.

Young Canberra Citizen of the Year—awards

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Minister, can you inform the Assembly of the winners of the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year award 2011?

MS BURCH: I thank Dr Bourke for his question. It was a pleasure to be at the 22nd Young Canberra Citizen of the Year awards on the 28th of this month and I did note

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