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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 3 Hansard (8 March) . .

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MR CORBELL: Yes, and that is exactly what I am doing, Mr Hanson; I am taking responsibility for fixing it by putting in place procedures and arrangements to tackle it. Does that mean that it can be eradicated overnight? Does that mean that it can be changed overnight? No, it cannot; but our focus is on reforming and changing that culture so that it is a respectful environment for our doctors, for our nurses and for other health professionals.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary question.

MR HANSON: Minister, will you release this survey and if not, why not?

MR CORBELL: I refer the member to my previous answer.

Economy—reform

MR HINDER: My question is to the Treasurer. Can the Treasurer inform the Legislative Assembly about the ACT government's commitment to economic reform and how these reforms are benefiting the territory?

MR BARR: I thank Mr Hinder for his first question in this place and, of course, for persevering through a broken nose, courtesy of a former Canberra Liberals leader, Bill Stefaniak; although I am sure there are many opposite who would be familiar with having their nose being put out of place by Mr Stefaniak over the years. Indeed, he had a great track record of doing that to people on his own team; he did indeed have a habit of doing that to people on his own team.

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order! Mr Barr, would you sit down for a moment, please? I draw your attention to the standing orders that require you to be directly relevant. I do not recall that there was any reference to Mr Stefaniak—a former member of this place—in the question. It behoves you to speak more respectfully of former members of this place. I draw your attention to the standing order and ask you to be directly relevant.

MR BARR: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I was not aware that there was a standing order that bypassed humour, but thank you for that guidance.

The territory government is committed to undertaking economic reforms in Canberra. These reforms are laying the foundation for our city's long-term growth and prosperity. But it is worth reflecting on why economic reform is important. It is vital, particularly for small jurisdictions, that we continue to evolve, grow, to encourage growth and to encourage investment and entrepreneurship in order to ensure that businesses can operate as efficiently as possible.

In a small jurisdiction like ours, which represents about two per cent of Australia's economy in a country that is about two per cent of the world's economy, we simply must be agile and forward thinking. Our economic reform agenda goes to the heart of this, creating an environment where unnecessary roadblocks to growth are removed. The government's commitment in this area is evident.


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