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completed, but it remains the government’s view that there is still more important work to be done by the task force. As such, it will prioritise those areas. A board of inquiry remains important, but not the most important thing to be done at this point in time.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.
MR HANSON: Chief Minister, what are those matters that are being dealt with by the task force that are delaying the board of inquiry into the Mr Fluffy crisis?
MR BARR: There is a range of matters. There are more than 1,000 households who have 1,000 different circumstances that require the attention of the task force.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.
MR SMYTH: Minister, if a board of inquiry is not established for a situation such as this, what would ever demand a board of inquiry under your government?
MR BARR: I refer the member to my previous answers. The question is not one of disagreement over whether a board of inquiry will be established; it is one of priorities. The government has made it very clear what our priorities are—that is, to clean up the Mr Fluffy mess. That is the most important thing that needs to be done. That is the focus at this point in time.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.
MR SMYTH: Minister, if you agree that a board of inquiry should be established for this issue—
MADAM SPEAKER: Preamble.
MR SMYTH: why would a delay be acceptable or are you simply delaying the establishment of a board of inquiry for political reasons to hide possible government maladministration?
MR BARR: Mr Smyth is welcome to his opinion. I disagree with all of the preamble to that question.
MR SMYTH: My question is also to the Chief Minister. It was reported in the Canberra Times on 17 September 2015 that two separate up-to-date versions of the full list of Mr Fluffy homes with owners’ details have been leaked into the public realm. The report claims that the full Mr Fluffy list has been in circulation in Canberra since June 2015. Minister, on what date were you made aware that the detailed full list of Mr Fluffy homes and owners was leaked?
MR BARR: On 22 June, although I was overseas and so was given a very brief indication and a full briefing upon my return from being overseas.