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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 2 Hansard (16 February) . .

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Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Notice No 1—Assembly business

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Before we suspend for lunch, I would like to make a statement. Under standing order 136, the Speaker has the power to disallow any motion or amendment that is the same in substance as any question that the Assembly has resolved in the affirmative or the negative during that calendar year. In exercising the discretion under the standing order, the Speaker must have regard to the intent of the standing order. That intent is to prevent any obstruction or unnecessary repetition that would consume the Assembly's time.

Mr Coe's Assembly business notice No 1 is identical to Ms Burch's Assembly business notice No 5. The Assembly dealt with Ms Burch's notice earlier this sitting period. Accordingly, I direct that Mr Coe's notice be removed from the notice paper.

Sitting suspended from 12.14 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Hospitals—workplace culture

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, on 17 June 2015, after years of a culture of bullying, you commissioned an independent review of the Canberra Hospital's training culture to examine allegations of bullying. On 8 October 2015 you released the review and accepted all of its recommendations. An AMA survey in November 2015 was reported in the Canberra Times on 1 January:

Bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment of young doctors is rife in Canberra hospitals ...

Minister, are bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment of young doctors still rife in Canberra hospitals?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Hanson for his question. I have no doubt that we continue to see instances of that behaviour. This is a deep-seated cultural problem that is endemic across the medical profession in the training hospital culture. As I have said previously in this place, it is not unique or isolated to Canberra Hospital as a training hospital. Studies and reviews nationally in other jurisdictions have also confirmed the prevalence of this unacceptable behaviour as part of the training culture amongst the medical profession.


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