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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 6 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2390..


Public interest disclosure

(Question No 2048)

Mrs Burke asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 6 May 2008 (redirected to the Acting Chief Minister):

Why has the Government drafted a Public Interest Disclosure Bill to wind back public accountability, transparency and protection for whistleblowers from 48.4% to 37.3% best practice.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The Government has not wound back public accountability, transparency and protection for whistleblowers.

In November 2006, Dr AJ Brown released an issues paper entitled: "Public Interest Disclosure Legislation in Australia: Towards the Next Generation"(the Paper). This paper is part of the Australian Research Council's 'Linkage' project "Whistling While They Work"- a national research project initiated by Griffith University and supported by the Commonwealth Ombudsman, NSW Ombudsman and Queensland Ombudsman.

In light of this paper and as part of its review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1994, the Government will consider introducing several amendments in line with the recommendations of the Paper.

Calvary Hospital—bullying allegations

(Question No 2049)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 6 May 2008:

(1) In relation to allegations of bullying and harassment within ACT Health and specifically at Calvary Public Hospital and The Canberra Hospital (TCH), can the Minister outline the measures currently being undertaken to prevent bullying and harassment;

(2) How many team-based education sessions within ACT Health and specifically at Calvary Hospital and TCH have been conducted on (a) productive communication, (b) teamwork and (c) other strategies to prevent bullying and harassment that have been conducted in 2008;

(3) How many attendees were at each session outlined in part (2);

(4) What are the details of any current revisions to guidelines on bullying and harassment within ACT Health and specifically at Calvary Public Hospital and TCH.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) ACT Health is committed to providing a safe and harmonious work environment that enhances the achievements of both individual and organisational goals.


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