Community Services Royal Commission Submission

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SpeakersForsythe The Hon Patricia; Dyer The Hon Ron
BusinessQuestions Without Notice


The Hon. PATRICIA FORSYTHE: My question without notice is directed to the Minister for Community Services, Minister for Aged Services, and Minister for Disability Services. Given that the written submission to the royal commission on policing, which the Minister did not read, was apparently a submission from the Minister's three departments, has he called in the directors of the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Ageing and Disability Department to discuss their contributions to the submission? Is the Minister satisfied with their contributions?

The Hon. R. D. DYER: The Opposition has a morbid preoccupation with the statements made to the Royal Commission into the New South Wales Police Service. As I have said on a number of occasions the submission was made on behalf of the Department of Community Services, the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Ageing and Disability Department. On more than one occasion in the House I have said that it was not a submission to me, it was not a report to me, it was not a submission from me and it was not a report from me. I was being used as a mailbox to transmit that submission to the royal commission. It was not a ministerial submission; it was a submission from the three departments in question. I have made clear the extent of my dissatisfaction with the oral evidence given by one of the three department heads, who is no longer a department head, as the House well knows.