Page 1624 - Week 06 - Thursday, 23 July 2020

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ACT Health—child sex offences

MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, on 2 July in relation to questions about a convicted paedophile who continued to work in the Health Directorate, you told the Legislative Assembly:

There is an investigation … The matters are distressing and concerning and have, of course, been the subject of considerable discussion in terms of potential responses and issues that this presents for the future. I have had those discussions with the Head of Service. Clearly this situation is one that is of concern and is receiving the utmost attention from the Head of Service. I also need to note that the matter is still before the courts.

This matter is now no longer before the courts. Chief Minister, what is the nature of the investigation that you referred to? Who is conducting it, what are the terms of reference and when will the investigation be complete?

MR BARR: The Head of Service is undertaking work in this regard. I have asked the Head of Service to look at the circumstances in relation to this matter and to provide some further information to me.

MISS C BURCH: Chief Minister, will the outcome of this investigation be made public, and if not, why not?

MR BARR: Yes; when it is complete.

MRS DUNNE: Chief Minister, what discussions have you had with the Attorney-General and the Head of Service about what needs to be done to ensure that information on matters of this kind can be shared between government agencies on a timely basis?

MR BARR: Yes, this matter has come up. It does specifically also relate to matters not only internal to ACT government but, indeed, between commonwealth agencies and the ACT Government.

Crime—motorcycle gangs

MR HANSON: My question is to the Attorney-General. I refer to the Canberra Times article entitled “Bikie death means ACT should consider anti-consorting laws: AFP”. If the AFP commissioner recognises the need for stronger anti-consorting laws then why can’t you?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Mr Hanson for the question. I do, however, wish to draw Mr Hanson to the correction that has been put out by the AFP today as a fact check. The heading of the article Mr Hanson has referred to is an inaccurate representation of the AFP’s views. That is not the case. Therefore, I caution Mr Hanson in this area to make sure that the issues he draws to the attention of the Assembly are accurate. I also caution Mr Hanson against trying to mount some sense of momentum based on inaccurate representations.

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