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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 17 September 2015) . . Page.. 3197 ..

MADAM SPEAKER: No, I just want to know what the question was.

MR DOSZPOT: The question was:

Has legal advice been provided to the government as stated by Mr Rattenbury?

But I have to read the previous sentence—

MADAM SPEAKER: That is fine. That is what I needed to know. Thank you. I will ask the minister to be directly relevant to the question. She was not asked whether anyone contemplated referring the matter to police. She was asked whether there had been legal advice of the sort that Mr Rattenbury spoke about yesterday, which was advice from the DPP. Minister Burch.

MS BURCH: I thought there was an interest for those matters to be clarified. But it is my understanding, through the investigation, that there were conversations between Shared Services and the DPP.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, why have you not stated anything in the public realm about the matters being referred to the DPP and the outcome of that referral?

MS BURCH: Because it goes to the heart of—and it has been raised; it goes to the question about was there any criminal behaviour? As I said before, Shared Services were satisfied from the evidence that there was not any criminal behaviour and it did not warrant being referred.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, when was the matter discussed with the DPP and what was the advice provided to Shared Services?

MS BURCH: Again I refer Mr Hanson and those opposite to the fact that this investigation was independent. It operated under the enterprise agreements, and it paid due respect to the other standards that needed to be paid attention to under the Public Sector Management Act and the others. As I have said before, this is a sound investigation, and under the conditions and provisions of which it was undertaken, information cannot be released.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, how did Mr Rattenbury find out about this information that cannot be released?

MS BURCH: Through an in-confidence briefing, which Mr Doszpot had. If he does not ask certain questions, it is not my problem.

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