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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 9 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 3795..


MR HANSON: Minister, in light of your concerns that a serious terrorist event may occur in the ACT, was it appropriate that the Chief Minister therefore released in-confidence material on his website that related to anti-terrorism legislation?

MR CORBELL: It was entirely appropriate that the Chief Minister brought out for public scrutiny laws that had an impact on the liberty of citizens in our country. I would challenge any member to suggest that it was not appropriate for the Chief Minister to disclose proposals to change laws that would impact on the ability to be detained without charge for extended periods of time by the—

Members interjecting—

MR CORBELL: That material was not in-confidence. It did not disclose any confidential material. It did not compromise the intelligence status of any government agency and it was entirely in the public interest.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! I understand the Assembly will now break in order to enable the government to participate in the Mercury 10 exercise.

At 3 pm, the sitting was suspended until the ringing of the bells.

Canberra Hospital—obstetrics unit review

MR COE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Health. I refer to the recent review of service delivery at public maternity units. It found:

The re-credentialing process of clinical staff at the Canberra Hospital maternity unit does not appear to be robust.

Why is the re-credentialing process of clinical staff in the Canberra Hospital maternity unit not robust?

MS GALLAGHER: The credentialing system at the Canberra Hospital for all clinical staff is robust. I think what the review goes to is issues that are outside—

Mr Hanson: The quote is "does not appear to be robust".

MS GALLAGHER: It goes to issues outside the normal credentialing process for any clinical staff. We are consulting about whether or not that needs to be changed. It is not a normal part of credentialing to look at a number of other issues—from my memory, they were things such as performance management—as part of the credentialing process. Credentialing traditionally looks at an individual's clinical skills—whether they can actually perform the job. It does not look at a whole range of other issues which have come out through this review. The credentialing process is robust as credentialing processes go. What the report brings in is a process that I understand is being trialled in a couple of hospitals in New Zealand but is not standard as part of the credentialing process in any hospital in Australia. It does raise a new


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