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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 1752 ..


I just want to put on the record some of the inconsistencies in what we are being told today and how they relate to the undertakings that the minister made. In February last year the minister made an undertaking that this review would be completed by March. It is now May and we have probably, at best, a draft report because it has not been consulted on. I do not know when it is going to be consulted on, when we will see the final outcome and how often that deadline will slip.

I also put on the record that we have not seen quarterly reporting out of the hospital since November 2016 when there was a backlog of reports that were produced after the Pricewaterhouse review and we will not see quarterly reporting until the 2018 June to September quarter, which means that we will not see that until at least October-November this year. We will have had at least two years without quarterly reporting.

I do not know how we are going to have a minister who is going to be able to cover the period in which there has been silence, whether there is going to be anything to fill that gap and whether the clear assurances that we received in relation to the PwC report in November 2016, that everything was hunky-dory and that these were correct, will be reviewed and whether or not we know that the last reports that we saw are in fact correct.

There are so many issues still unresolved in this space, as there are in every aspect of health administration, that we need to put on the record that the minister has failed her own deadlines. We were promised this in March. It is now May and it is not complete. If it is complete, why is it not tabled? It is not complete. By your own admission, you said you were out consulting on it, which means there is the potential for it to be changed. It is not complete. The minister has failed her own deadline again. It is just a simple matter of putting on the record this slipping of deadlines which in some cases might be forgiven but when it happens so often they cannot be forgiven.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Ombudsman Amendment Bill 2018

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (10.35): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Child abuse is unacceptable and there is no higher priority for this government than ensuring children's safety. That is why we introduced legislation in 2016 that established a reportable conduct scheme to ensure allegations of child abuse are properly reported and investigated. This scheme, which commenced on 1 July 2017 after receiving unanimous support in the Assembly, places an appropriate level of


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