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Question Without Notice No. 1242 asked in the Legislative Council on 28 November 2018 by Hon Nick Goiran

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

CHILD PROTECTION — CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE — ROEBOURNE

1242. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Child Protection:

I refer to the minister's incomplete answers to my question without notice 1196 asked on 22 November 2018 about the six known perpetrators identified in Operation Fledermaus, some of who are attending the same school as their victims.

(1) Does the minister know whether the six known perpetrators are being monitored by the department?

(2) If yes to (1), are they?

(3) Does the minister know how many of the six known perpetrators are attending the same school as their victim?

(4) If yes to (3), how many?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

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

(1)–(4) The Department of Communities is aware of those children who have been charged as part of Operation Fledermaus. The number of those children with charges who attend school is very small and providing further comment could lead to them being identified. In instances in which a young person with charges attends a public school, every case is monitored, assessed and managed between the Department of Education, the WA Police Force and the Department of Communities. These assessments are based on what is best for the school community and the individual children. This is not a responsibility taken lightly.

I note that a response to this question has been provided on multiple occasions.

Hon Nick Goiran interjected.

The PRESIDENT: Member, order!

Hon SUE ELLERY: I note that a response to this question has been provided on multiple occasions.

Hon Nick Goiran: More lies!

The PRESIDENT: Order! Member, the minister is trying to provide a response to your question, you might want to listen to it.

Hon SUE ELLERY: Madam President, the interjection, as I heard it, used the words, ''More lies.'' I take objection to that language. I think it is unparliamentary.

I note that a response to this question has been provided on multiple occasions. The minister has been regularly briefed on Operation Fledermaus and more recently on the Pilbara joint response. In any community, it is difficult to ensure that offenders and victims never come into contact with each other. The primary response is to create safety by maintaining engagement and developing trust, increasing the networks around the child and through the provision of protective behaviours education.