Page 1734 - Week 06 - Thursday, 30 July 2020

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Questions without notice

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate—staffing

MR COE: My question is to the Chief Minister. I refer to news reports in the Australian newspaper today that Marcus Ganley, the former chief of staff to Senator Penny Wong, who left her office following sexual harassment claims, has been appointed to a senior role in the Chief Minister’s directorate. Can the Chief Minister confirm that Mr Ganley is now employed in the directorate?

MR BARR: I will seek some advice from the head of the public service on that matter.

MR COE: Will the Chief Minister please advise if he or any minister, or anyone in his office or another minister’s office, assisted Mr Ganley to gain this role?

MR BARR: I know I certainly did not, but I will seek advice in relation to the appointment, which I would presume would be in accordance with public sector management merit principles.

MISS C BURCH: Chief Minister, how is it that so many former Labor staffers end up in senior positions in the ACT government?

MR BARR: I do not believe that that is the case. Over the 30 years of self-government, there have been former staffers of all political parties who have served in roles in the ACT public service—

Mr Hanson: Brendan Smyth.

MR BARR: You raised it, Mr Hanson. There is Bill Stefaniak—

Opposition members interjecting—


MR BARR: I am sure that Miss Burch is not suggesting that anyone who works for a member of parliament should be disqualified from achieving employment in a public sector role ever again in their life.

Planning—Coombs peninsula

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management and relates to the Coombs peninsula. Minister, on 27 November last year the Assembly passed a motion that called upon the ACT government to remove the Coombs peninsula from the land release program, protect it from multi-unit development and rezone it for environmental and recreational purposes by 30 June

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