Page 2217 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 9 May 2012

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MR DOSZPOT: What was the cost of the consultancy provided by Professor Bradley?

DR BOURKE: The answer is that I will not be answering it because it is commercial-in-confidence.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, were there any additional expenses not included in the original $60,000 estimate?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for her question. Not that I have been advised.

MRS DUNNE: Supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, will you be seeking further input from Professor Bradley on how the CIT and the UC should operate into the future?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for her question. As I said yesterday in answer to a very similar question, the proposal for UC-CIT has been put on hold and it is a matter for the next Assembly.

Canberra Institute of Technology—alleged bullying

MR SMYTH: My question is addressed to the minister for education. Minister, I refer to your answers or, more correctly, the responses you gave to a question you were asked yesterday about bullying and harassment issues at CIT. You were asked, in relation to the seriousness of the allegations made against senior staff, what steps you had put in place to ensure the improvement action group was sufficiently independent of the senior staff. Your reply was to outline the process you have introduced. Minister, given the nature of harassment claims involved in some instances senior staff at the CIT, what have you done to satisfy yourself of the impartiality and neutrality of the improvement action group?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for his question. I note that none of the members of the improvement action group are the subject of any allegations that have been brought to my attention. I would say to the member opposite that this attempt to drag the name of the CIT and its good offices into the mud is entirely unwarranted.

MR SMYTH: Supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, who are the members of the CIT-WorkSafe improvement consultation group and how were they selected?

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