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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . .

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clear goal of managing the health system as a whole and supporting health delivery with corporate functions.

Work is already well underway to prepare for the formation of the two organisations later this year. The interim director-general has commenced an important body of work to define the principles that will underpin the establishment of the two organisations, conduct research into options for the relationship between the governance of the two entities, seek professional advice on the options and, most importantly, engage with staff and stakeholders throughout the process to ensure that we arrive at a model that will work on the ground for both staff and ACT Health consumers.

Mr Steel: Point of order, Madam Speaker, which goes to supplementaries as well. Mrs Dunne's question asked Minister Fitzharris to announce executive policy. That is out of order under standing order 117(c). Asking for her to expressly provide a ministerial statement, which is an announcement of policy, I think goes beyond the standing orders. I ask that you rule it out of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, I believe your question was: why was a ministerial statement not provided? I recognise the standing order, and it is inappropriate to seek an announcement of policy in question time. I think that is understood, but I am quite happy to stress the point again. So I would say there is no point of order. Did you have anything to add on that?

Mrs Dunne: I have nothing to add to that, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary?

MRS DUNNE: I do, thank you, Madam Speaker. Minister, why did you not mention your plan for a restructure when you made a ministerial statement in this place in February?

MS FITZHARRIS: Because that decision had not been taken. I think Mrs Dunne will find that there is nothing inconsistent about the decision to separate ACT Health into two organisations, having regard to my ministerial statement in February. Indeed the more recent decision will further strengthen my ability to work with ACT Health to deliver those priorities.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, to which ministers will these two new agencies report?

MS FITZHARRIS: To me as Minister for Health and Wellbeing and to Minister Rattenbury as Minister for Mental Health.

Housing—affordability

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. What steps is the ACT government taking to address housing affordability in the ACT?


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