Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 3 Hansard (24 February) . . Page.. 864..
MS GALLAGHER (continuing):
At the moment we are part of that national discussion. I am meeting with many stakeholder groups, as I normally do, around health in general, but national accreditation and registration is certainly part of that discussion. Some of the groups still have concerns around how complaints are going to be handled and they are the tricky discussions that are yet to be resolved. The idea of this whole national registration accreditation scheme is to improve oversight and awareness and patient safety in the provision of services by health professionals right across the board. That is what is directing the work. So how we improve access or information for consumers, but also protection for consumers through how those professionals are regulated, is very much at the centre of those discussions.
MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, a supplementary?
MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Given that is the case, is it possible to provide the Assembly with a time frame for the ACT government looking into this matter and reporting back to the Assembly at the end of this time frame?
MS GALLAGHER: I think it will go to health ministers in March and I think COAG is happening after health ministers. It is ultimately COAG's decision about how this proceeds from here. I am happy to report back to the Assembly post the COAG meeting.
MR COE: My question is to the Chief Minister and is in regard to the stalled land rent scheme. Chief Minister, it has been reported in the media and to me personally that Canberra families feel they have been led astray, let down and frustrated by the government over the land rent scheme. Chief Minister, will you offer a personal apology to those who have been led astray, let down and frustrated by the policy you personally championed? And if not, why not?
MR STANHOPE: Upon Mr Coe tabling the names and addresses of those who have personally contacted his office, I undertake to write to each of them to explain the rationale of the land rent scheme and the government's continuing determination to support them, unlike the Liberal Party.
Mr Speaker, do I need to seek leave to allow Mr Coe to table the names and addresses of all those people that have contacted his office? I do that. I seek leave to move a motion to suspend so much of standing orders as would prevent Mr Coe tabling the names and address of all of those people he just claimed contacted his office, none of whom have contacted my office, none of whom have contacted the office of the Chief Minister, the person responsible for the scheme, to actually seek personal assurances from me. I seek leave to move a motion to suspend standing orders as would prevent Mr Coe now tabling the names and addresses of all those that have contacted his office. I move that Mr Coe table before the close of business today the names and addresses of all those people that have contacted his office to inform him of their concern in relation to the land rent scheme.