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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 4 Hansard (23 March) . . Page.. 1289..


MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question. Minister, what is commercial-in-confidence about staffing surveys? Can you tell the Assembly whether or not harassment and bullying was identified in the survey as part of the cultural problem at the hospital?

MS GALLAGHER: I said I would take some further advice around it. The last time I looked at this, it was around the nature of engagement of the company that did that work for us and not having their methodology and questionnaires outlined for everyone else to see in a competitive market. When I looked at it last time, and whether you agree with that or not, that, as I recall, was the issue.

In relation to issues across ACT Health, no, I would not say that bullying and harassment stood out largely in the survey. There were individual responses around that, just as there were individual responses about how much people liked working at the Canberra Hospital.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mrs Dunne?

MRS DUNNE: Minister, when do you expect the bullying and harassment review of obstetrics to be completed and when will it be available for members to have some sort of scrutiny of it?

MS GALLAGHER: It will take as long as it takes, Mr Speaker.

Capital works program

MR COE: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, your government underspent to the tune of a record quarter of a billion dollars in capital works in the last financial year. Treasurer, why did you fail to achieve the delivery of your capital works program?

MS GALLAGHER: I welcome the question from the opposition around the delivery of capital works in this city because I think this is an area where this government has worked extremely hard to underpin economic growth across the ACT and to invest in high-quality infrastructure—in fact, infrastructure that was certainly handed over at the point of self-government and that we have had to invest in consistently. And we have been able to put together a very significant capital works program.

Indeed, when Mr Smyth was last in the cabinet, they were trying to deliver a program in the order of $89 million. I do not think they managed to deliver a program of $89 million. In fact, they did not. There was a $20 million underspend, I understand.

Mr Coe: A point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Stop the clocks, thank you.

Mr Coe: Mr Speaker, the point of order is on relevance. It was specifically about their failure to deliver the capital works program for the last financial year. It is not about when Mr Smyth was minister or not about what is happening at the moment.


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