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Question Without Notice No. 1445 asked in the Legislative Council on 27 November 2019 by Hon Nick Goiran

Minister responding: Hon S.F. McGurk
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

CHILD PROTECTION — CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS

1445. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Child Protection:

I refer to question without notice 1260, which referred to the relocation of thousands of confidential documents relating to child protection cases that had been accessed by vandals in the unoccupied and unsecured McCall Centre in Mosman Park.

(1) If, as the minister advised the house, the documents were relocated from 16 to 23 October 2019, why was the assistant director general corporate operations reported as saying that ''any remaining documents have been relocated to a more secure facility'' on 17 October 2019?

(2) Given that the minister and the assistant director cannot both be correct, what remedial steps will now be taken to correct whichever record is incorrect?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The McCall Centre is made up of four separate freestanding buildings. One building was subject to a break and enter offence, subsequent vandalism, trespass and accessibility to documents, as reported in the media. Accessible documents in this building were secured and relocated by staff on 16 October 2019.

(2) The remaining buildings, which were secure at that time, were opened, and any documentation was secured between 17 and 23 October 2019.