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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 11 February 2016) . . Page.. 248 ..

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8 Noes 9

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Mr Barr

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Jones

Mr Corbell

Question so resolved in the negative.

Sitting suspended from 12.41 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Ministerial office—investigation

MR HANSON: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, based on public statements and answers to questions without notice, we are aware of two issues involving Ms Burch’s former office. The first issue is that involving Ms Burch’s former chief of staff and her alleged communication with the CFMEU following her attending a briefing with the minister and the Chief Police Officer. This issue is, as we understand it, subject to a police inquiry.

I refer now to the second issue. On 18 December, Mr Corbell was quoted as saying:

These are serious … issues, and they go beyond the issues that have been reported in the media to date.

Chief Minister, is this second issue, which has been described as “unprecedented”, subject to a police investigation?

MR BARR: That is my understanding, Madam Speaker. I have nothing further to add today to what is already on the public record, which would accord with what the Leader of the Opposition has just stated.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Chief Minister, could you outline, without going into specifics, the general nature of the second investigation and who is being investigated?

MR BARR: No, because I am not the Chief Police Officer and I am not conducting any investigations.

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