Page 702 - Week 02 - Thursday, 23 February 2012

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Most recently Mr McLeod was one of three full-time royal commissioners established to inquire into the tragic Victorian Black Saturday bushfires. The inquiry ran for 18 months and all of its recommendations are currently in the course of being implemented by the Victorian government.

HBA Consulting is a Canberra-based specialist workplace relations and human resources management consultancy. HBA Consulting has been serving public and private sector clients throughout Australia for the past 15 years and has developed a strong reputation for the provision of expert, timely and practical advice and assistance to employers on workplace relations and human resource management issues.

Regarding the scope of the audit, my view is that the Assembly has provided a set of words that is sufficiently clear, particularly when combined with the context provided by debates in the chamber. I have indicated to the audit team that the audit should be the forum to test the issues raised and make findings on those matters.

Regarding timing, the audit team have indicated they will be in a position to advise on the expected length of their work once they have familiarised themselves with the documents provided to them. I expect to be in a position to update the Assembly on timing further during the sitting weeks in March. I have asked the audit team that the investigation be completed in a timely manner whilst ensuring their job is done properly.

Finally, I advise members that Mr Ron McLeod and the agents of HBA will be signing deeds of confidentiality.

Mr John Hargreaves


MR HANSON (Molonglo) (10.05), by leave: I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) Mr Hargreaves has resigned as Government Whip following passing a highly inappropriate note in the Assembly ridiculing Andrew Barr based upon his sexuality;

(b) the Chief Minister has described this incident as a “lapse in judgement” and “another embarrassment”, and “the latest poor judgement”;

(c) the Chief Minister has agreed that this incident “is not expectable behaviour from a Member of our parliament”;

(d) John Hargreaves has a long history of unacceptable behaviour and incidents and has been required to apologise to Assembly Members and community organisations on numerous occasions;

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