Page 1735 - Week 06 - Thursday, 30 July 2020

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2020. Minister, have you implemented this motion?

MR GENTLEMAN: Madam Speaker, I refer Ms Le Couteur to the correspondence I sent to you regarding this resolution and the copy that I sent to her office. I will table that correspondence:

Coombs Peninsula—Resolution of the Assembly of 27 November 2019—Copy of letter to the Speaker from the Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for the Environment and Heritage, dated 22 July 2020.

MS LE COUTEUR: I do not really have a supplementary. I will re-ask the original question. Minister, how have you implemented this and why have you not rezoned the peninsula?

MR GENTLEMAN: I missed the second part of the question.

MS LE COUTEUR: It was the same as the first. Why did you not rezone the peninsula, as requested in the Assembly motion, or at least explain it to the Assembly? What have you done to implement the will of the Assembly?

MR GENTLEMAN: Madam Speaker, the correspondence to you and the copy to Ms Le Couteur’s office goes into detail about the actions that we have taken and not taken.

MRS JONES: Minister, will works begin on transforming the peninsula into suburbia at all before this year’s election?

MR GENTLEMAN: No. It was not even indicated on the original IRP, many years ago.

ACT Health—child sex offences

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health and relates to what she knew about a convicted paedophile working in ACT Health. Minister, in this place on 2 July you noted that the Health Directorate first became aware of a senior health official being before the courts on child sex offences on 14 May, despite the matter of Mr Burch being first named in the public court lists as early as the beginning of April. You said Mr Burch breached the ACT public sector employment enterprise agreement. Minister, why did it take so long for the ACT government to establish that one of its most senior officials was appearing before the courts on child sex offences when it was on the public record?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mrs Dunne for the question. I refer her to previous answers that I have given in this place. For the information of the Assembly, I again offered Mrs Dunne a private briefing on this matter earlier this week. That is the third time I have offered her a briefing. I am going to take this question on notice. I am going to take all questions in relation to this matter on notice, other than if there is one particular question that I am going to be able to answer. Out of respect for an individual with whom I have been in correspondence—and I recognise that what occurred in this chamber a week ago caused some distress to that

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