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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 12 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 3619..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

The amendment would be drafted ...

He had not decided whether ACT Health should remain a statutory authority or become a department, because the legal implications ... were yet to be determined.

Mr Service wrote to Mr Berry yesterday afternoon tendering his resignation, and that of the board's deputy chair, Gail Freeman.

The resignation would come into effect the on March 1 ...

... cited two Assembly decisions prompting the resignations: the recent requirement that the board supply more detailed quarterly financial statements and the Public Accounts Committee Inquiry into the financial management of ACT Health—

In other words, that the board be required, essentially, to supplant the ministerial and administrative responsibility for the management—

Mr Service—

this is Jim Service, whom we all know as one of Canberra's leading citizens—

said last night that he took the concept of accountability very seriously—ACT Health was accountable to the Assembly in its annual report and through the Auditor-General—but the Assembly was requiring a level of accountability well in excess of what was reasonable, or required of any other department.

So much time and effort went into answering questions and requests from the Assembly that there was no time left to manage the system, he said.

In his resignation letter Mr Service said ACT Health provided more information to the public than any other health system in Australia.

Around the world health—

This is still the case. There is a sense of deja vu in this--

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.31 until 2.30 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MR STANHOPE: For the information and assistance of members, as members are aware my colleague Simon Corbell, the Attorney-General, is elsewhere on the business of the Assembly or the government today and is unable to be present at question time. If there are any questions for Mr Corbell I stand ready to be of whatever assistance I can in relation to his portfolio responsibilities.


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