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Community Services and Development - Sexual Harassment

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Monday, 6 September 2021

Tags: Women, Sexism, State Budget

Ms O'CONNOR - I do have one more but it relates in part to Ms Courtney's portfolio and some really serious issues that came up in the Premier's Estimates today. This was regarding a staff member of Communities Tasmania whose allegation of sexual harassment in the workplace was not upheld. I notice this is not specifically your area of responsibility, but it raises the issue of how the agency responds to women who come forward about a workplace harassment or bullying. Has been any substantive change that would give reassurance to some staff of Communities Tasmania or former staff?

Mr ROCKLIFF - Thank you for the question I do not have the detail on the Premier's estimates all day. Irrespective of department, every person in the department should feel, safe, respected and valued. Every department should be should be working enormously hard to create not only a culture but actuality in safety in the workplace.