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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 1824..


MS GALLAGHER: I understand there is an investigation into the individual at the centre of the data manipulation and I presume—and I cannot speak about the specifics of it—that would look into a range of different matters. So I do not think it is fair to say that there is only an audit into data matters.

MR HARGREAVES: Supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Chief Minister and Minister for Health, does the Auditor-General have power under the Auditor-General Act to look into any and all matters concerned with the integrity of data systems?

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Hargreaves. As I understand it, that is right: the Auditor-General can determine the nature and scope of any performance audit that she may consider undertaking. I cannot direct her. I cannot set the terms of reference. It is over to her to make some decisions in that regard.

Mental health—step-up, step-down services

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Minister for Health and concerns the proposed older persons step-up, step-down mental health service, including the tender process. Minister, I understand that the tender process for the service closed on 30 March this year. How many applications were received for the tender to run the service?

MS GALLAGHER: I have not been briefed on where that tender process is up to. It would not normally come to a minister's attention whilst a tender process is underway. Usually, the first information a minister would get about a tender process is the outcome of that tender process. I can see whether there is any further information that I can provide but I am very conscious of not involving myself in tender processes at all.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, a supplementary.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, if no applications were received for the tender, has there been any examination of why, and was any feedback received that funding to run the service was too low?

MS GALLAGHER: I have not had a discussion around that tender process, so I have not been advised if there were no applications for it. I can follow that up. Normally what would happen if there are no applications or tenders coming in is that they would relook at the tender based on the feedback they got from organisations that might normally tender for that work. I am sure if it was the case that the money was too low that they would have to look at that. There is only an available budget for that service, but they would perhaps look at what they were seeking for that budget and revise the tender accordingly. That would be normally how that is dealt with.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Ms Hunter.


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