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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 February 2015) . . Page.. 390 ..

MADAM SPEAKER: Don’t talk back to me, Mr Hanson. A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, on what date, given that you have had a week to consider this since the story broke, were you first advised of this situation?

MR BARR: I have become aware of this situation at the same time as other members of the community.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: On what date did the rest of the community become aware of this issue?

MR BARR: That is something I cannot answer. Some people would be aware following reading the Canberra Times. Other people would be aware following a statement from Menslink subsequent to that Canberra Times article.


MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training. Minister, it has recently been reported that a convicted criminal awaiting sentencing was allowed into ACT schools and interacted with ACT students without having the necessary working with vulnerable people checks. Minister, will you now give a full and frank explanation as to how this entire event came about?

Mr Barr interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Barr. Stop the clock.

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, on a point of order. Mr Barr just interjected, pointing in an aggressive manner, at Mr Coe, saying, “Remember this day. Remember this day. You’re grubs.” I would ask him to both withdraw and apologise to Mr Coe for that threatening behaviour.

Mr Corbell interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: The use of the word “grub” is unparliamentary and I ask you to withdraw it.

Mr Barr: I withdraw, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call Minister Burch—

Mr Smyth: Mr Corbell also used the term, Madam Speaker.


Mr Corbell: I withdraw.

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