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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 3048..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

Indeed, you are quite right, about a cricket pitch. The bureau might have put in a cricket pitch either last year or the year before at Jamison enclosed oval, as opposed to the outside oval-the two football fields-which will need to be resurfaced.

Mr Humphries: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Visiting medical officer

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, on 9 August 2001, I was asked a question by Mr Wood with regard to Dr Yeaman, a urologist. I provided a short answer and said that I would get some more information. My answer is as follows: an arbitration hearing has been held under the terms of Dr Yeaman's contract as a visiting medical officer at the Canberra Hospital and completed. The arbitrator did not clear Dr Yeaman of any wrongdoing. Rather, he confirmed the finding of the hospital that there had been serious misconduct by Dr Yeaman warranting a penalty of suspension. The arbitrator found, however, that the suspension should only be for six months, not for the remainder of Dr Yeaman's contract, effectively a 12-month suspension, which was the original penalty decided upon by the hospital.

As to the matter of compensation for Dr Yeaman, the hospital has received a claim for compensation from Dr Yeaman. This is a new and separate claim from the arbitration. As to the supplementary question Mr Wood asked concerning whether Dr Yeaman has been offered his job back, the answer is that he was not an employee, but a visiting medical officer. His contract, rather than his job, has expired and the hospital has not and will not negotiate a new contract with Dr Yeaman.

Little athletics

MR STEFANIAK: Further to Mr Rugendyke's question, I understand that work on the Canberra High School oval will start on 2 September, which will be after the last football game on 1 September.

Centrelink information on student absences

MR STEFANIAK: I took parts of questions on notice in relation to Centrelink information, one from Mr Berry on 8 August and the other from Mr Hargreaves on 9 August. I understand that they have been provided with the answers in writing. I table the answers and seek leave to have the answers incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The answers read as follows:

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

Questions Taken on Notice - 8 and 9 August 2001

Centrelink Information on Student Absences


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