Page 4000 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 20 September 2017

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Chapter 25 of the Children and Young People Act establishes a statutory regime to control the use and disclosure of information obtained in the course of exercising a function under the act. Personal information which relates to general functions is treated as protected information under the CYP Act. Where information relates to specific functions, such as child concern reports, care and protection appraisals, family group conferences or confidential reports of contraventions of the CYP Act, it is considered to be sensitive information under the CYP Act. Generally, it is an offence to share sensitive information (section 846).

Accordingly, my staff advised Mrs Kikkert’s office: “Minister Stephen-Smith is unable to provide a briefing on specific cases as the disclosure of sensitive information would be an offence under the CYP Act.”

My staff also advised Mrs Kikkert’s office, for clarity, that legal proceedings in relation to the matter of the death of Bradyn Dillon have not concluded. While Mr Dillon has pleaded guilty in court recently, he is yet to be sentenced and the matter therefore remains sub judice—something, I forgot to mention in my response to questions. I therefore wish to draw Mrs Kikkert’s attention to continuing resolution 10 of the Assembly, which states, among other things:

… the Assembly in all its proceedings … shall apply the following rules on matters sub judice:

(1) Cases in which proceedings are active in the courts shall not be referred to in any motion, debate or question.

(a) (i) Criminal proceedings cease to be active when they are concluded by verdict or sentence …

I thought it would be helpful, given that we will have another question time tomorrow, to draw Mrs Kikkert’s attention to these matters; and Mrs Dunne’s attention, although I expect she would already be aware of these matters.

Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm

MR MILLIGAN (Yerrabi) (4.31): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the ACT Labor-Greens’ Government recently opened a property known as the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm, which it has stated is not an alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility;

(b) that after years of effort and spending more than $12 million, this property is now nothing more than a non-residential day program centre;

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