Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (1 May) . . Page.. 1729..
I have to express my disappointment that it got to this stage and that we did not see greater action being taken by the CIT. I have enormous respect for our CIT and the great work it does. But it also needs to show that it is a great employer in this town and that it is providing a safe and healthy workplace. I would have preferred to have seen in all of this the CIT taking a far greater active earlier engagement on this matter—not having had to wait for the WorkSafe commissioner to get involved to point out that there were some real issues that needed addressing.
I am sure that all of us in this Assembly want to see a good outcome for the CIT and the workers within the CIT and we will all be taking an active interest in this matter.
MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to speak again, as you suggested.
Leave not granted.
Standing and temporary orders—suspension
MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (4.05): I move:
That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Doszpot from making a further statement.
We are being told by Ms Hunter that we are the ones that are at fault for some of the things that she is talking about. We are talking about a process here that is not confident of the way this government handles the serious issues that we are debating here, yet I am denied leave to speak on these very issues that Ms Hunter was so contemptuous of.
I also have a great deal of support for the CIT. The CIT is under new management and a lot of the things that have happened have happened in previous times. The attitude of Ms Hunter is to say that there are processes that could have been done. People have provided to Ms Hunter and to us copious amounts of information about the way that they have been ignored by the processes and I just want to quote from one of these people:
I did not reapply for consideration because, a) of the way my supervisor used my AST position to harangue me, in email and in front of people, and b) because of the stress caused by the investigation. I therefore consider the loss of status and income to be as a direct result of the distress caused by 2 years of harassment.
That was two years of harassment by this government, Ms Hunter, yet you fail to criticise all of the actions that they took against people whose issues we are debating here today. These are serious issues and you have every opportunity, Ms Hunter, to show us that you are interested in listening to the realities that people in our community face—not just cover-up after cover-up of what this government is doing.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, we are debating why you should be given leave to speak again.