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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . .

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Supplementary answers to questions without notice

ACT Ambulance Service—management culture

Emergency Services Agency—fire and rescue service

MR CORBELL: Earlier in question time today, Mr Smyth asked me what was the cost of the review into the culture of the ACT Ambulance Service. I am advised that the current contracted figure is $25,000. However, that is subject to review because the reviewers have asked for additional time to complete their review and that may come at a further additional cost.

Last week in question time, Ms Lawder and Mr Smyth both asked me questions about whether there had been requests for interstate assistance for the Sydney Building fire, and whether the ESA commissioner had given any directions in relation to firefighting activities at that fire. In response to Ms Lawder's question, I can advise that the ESA commissioner was contacted by the New South Wales fire and rescue commissioner, asking if additional aerial firefighting appliance resources were required to assist with the Sydney Building fire on 17 February 2014.

The commissioner appropriately asked the senior fire officer on the scene, the incident controller at the Sydney Building fire, if such resources were required as both the chief officer and deputy chief officer, ACT Fire & Rescue were both interstate on that day. The senior officer on the scene advised at the time that it was not required, and the commissioner accepted this advice. The commissioner advised the New South Wales fire and rescue commissioner accordingly.

In response to Mr Smyth's question, the ESA commissioner did not direct the Sydney fire officer on site at the Sydney Building fire.

Construction industry—drug and alcohol testing

MR GENTLEMAN: Last Thursday I took questions from Mr Wall and Mr Smyth regarding alcohol testing on ACT building and construction sites, and I wish to answer their questions. In response to the first question I took on notice, the Getting home safely report does not refer to drug or alcohol testing in the construction industry. Random drug and alcohol testing is allowed on worksites in the ACT.

In regard to Mr Smyth's question that I took on notice, WorkSafe ACT does not routinely receive or maintain drug or alcohol testing records from employers. That would be the responsibility of the persons conducting the relevant business or undertaking. WorkSafe may seek to obtain records of drug and alcohol testing from employers under certain circumstances; for instance, in the course of investigating a workplace incident.


Madam Speaker presented the following paper:

Electoral Act, pursuant to subsection 10A(2)—ACT Electoral Commission Report to the ACT Legislative Assembly—Proposed changes to the Electoral

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