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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 5 Hansard (7 May) . .

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government has a considered response to it as well. It has simply been a matter of getting my feet under the desk in the portfolio and making sure. It is a matter of timing and it is also about fitting it in with the Assembly sittings, because it needs to be presented to the Assembly.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, does the report back up the Auditor-General's findings that the cameras are not effective for road safety?

MR RATTENBURY: The full details will be available for Mr Wall, Mr Coe and others to read when I present the documents in the Assembly next week.

Health—private medical records

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Health. In the answer to question on notice No 381 you stated that Canberra Region Cancer Centre transcription services can be outsourced to two Australian companies: OzeScribe and Pacific Solutions. The Pacific Solutions website states that it adheres to Australian national privacy principles and international equivalents. This means that the privacy of Canberrans is only protected by whatever law applies in foreign countries. Minister, for administrative work outsourced to OzeScribe and Pacific Solutions, does the ACT government require the work to be conducted only in the ACT or only in Australia?

MR CORBELL: I will take the question on notice, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, if the ACT government does not specify where outsourcing is done, how can the confidentiality of personal health data of Canberrans be guaranteed?

MR CORBELL: The confidentiality of personal health data is covered comprehensively by ACT and commonwealth law. As to the specifics of Mr Smyth's question, I will take the question on notice and provide further detail to the member.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, do other units of ACT Health outsource clerical or transcription services to companies with overseas operations?

MR CORBELL: Again, I would have to take the question on notice. ACT Health has a very large number of contracted services right across the portfolio.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, why is your government sending what could otherwise be Canberra jobs interstate and overseas?


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