Page 3615 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 27 October 2015

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MR CORBELL: There are no significant staffing issues in the ICU. I refer Mrs Jones to my earlier answer.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Did you say, “You’re lying”?

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, what I said was that he is clearly accusing them, meaning the ANMF, of lying.

MADAM SPEAKER: All I heard was “lying”. If you are saying you were not accusing Mr Corbell of lying there is not an issue.

Mr Hanson: No, Madam Speaker, I was essentially suggesting that Mr Corbell is accusing the ANMF of lying.


MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the minister for education. I refer to the briefings that you offered me and the Greens leader in respect of the report into the boy in the cage incident. In the briefing I was given, I asked about legal advice as to possible criminal charges. You said you could not tell me. However, Mr Rattenbury told the Assembly that there is apparently legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions. Minister, why did you provide contradictory advice in your briefing to me?

MS BURCH: I do not believe I did.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, was the matter referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions at any time?

MS BURCH: I think what has been said in the public domain is that there were discussions or conversations between the chief investigator and the DPP, and the view formed by the chief investigator was that there were no criminal matters to proceed with.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, if advice on criminality was not formally referred to the DPP, who provided the advice that there were no criminal charges to be laid?

MS BURCH: I refer to my earlier answer where I said that the chief investigator had some conversations, or discussions, and he formed that opinion.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

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