Page 58 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 25 February 2014

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Mr Corbell: Point of order.


Mr Corbell: It is not clear to me, even in the manner that Ms Lawder framed the question, that she can ask that question of Minister Burch, given that Minister Burch does not have responsibility for the light rail project.

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Lawder, could you repeat the question, please.

MS LAWDER: Minister, is light rail a higher priority for funds than care and protection services for this government?

MADAM SPEAKER: On Mr Corbell’s point of order, I think that on the face of it that question is not entirely in order. I will give you an opportunity, as the standing orders allow me to do, to rephrase the question.

MS LAWDER: Minister, is care and protection a high enough priority within this government?

MS BURCH: Any mature, sophisticated government has multiple priorities and means to serve a range of community needs.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members!

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, I would like to be able to hear Mr Doszpot’s question.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, how many reports and reviews do you need before you fix the systemic issues within Care and Protection Services?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Doszpot for his question, but he continues to highlight his complete inability to grasp the complications of the care and protection system. As I have said in this place before, we have had significant reviews that found areas of improvement. We are getting on with those areas of improvement. I would tick every stream of program improvement with a forensic audit in 12 months or two years time. Clearly, there will be more work to do. That is the purpose of a forensic audit about improved service delivery.

I have absolute faith that the workers in care and protection do the best job they can each and every day. In comments and in response to the two reviews, as I have said

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