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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 3 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 994..


MR SPEAKER: Order! Mrs Dunne has the floor.

Mr Hanson: Prove what—that you did not try to—

MR SPEAKER: Order! The conversation is finished. Ms Gallagher and Mr Hanson, I had to stop this yesterday; I do not want to warn either of you. Mrs Dunne has the floor.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, can you advise whether you consulted stakeholders on the terms of reference for the bullying review? If you did consult, who did you consult and did the stakeholders suggest any changes to the terms of reference?

MS GALLAGHER: I sent the terms of reference out for both reviews. As I have said on a number of occasions, we were not consulting on the public interest disclosure legislation terms of reference because essentially the terms of reference for the review are enshrined in legislation. I made that clear. I had one response back from a Dr Andrew Foote, who said that he wanted included what led to the bullying occurring, why complaints were not investigated if they had been made—along those lines. I looked at the terms of reference of the review and I responded that all of those questions essentially were covered off in the terms of reference, particularly under dot points 2, 3 and 4.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Dunne?

MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, will you now table the advice that advised you to keep these matters secret?

MS GALLAGHER: No, I will not.

Mr Hanson: More secrecy?

MS GALLAGHER: There is no secrecy. Everybody knows the person is independent to ACT Health, has experience in this kind of work, is an occupational psychologist, and the terms of reference are public. There is nothing secret.

Canberra Hospital—obstetric unit review

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Health and is in relation to the review into bullying and harassment in the obstetrics and gynaecology unit within the Canberra Hospital. Minister, can you advise the Assembly if the full review will be either tabled in the Assembly or made public as soon as practicable after it is completed?

MS GALLAGHER: I have already said publicly a number of times that whatever can be made public will be made public. There is nothing to hide here. If there are issues that can be made public, findings that can be made public, absolutely they will be made public. What I did say to the media when I was asked this question was that that would depend essentially on the end of the process. I do not know what is going to


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