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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 1837 ..


the Health Directorate and the hospital and the minister's office; what were the classifications of these things; how many levels of management are required to clear a media release in the Health Directorate; does the minister personally clear all media releases; and is every media release by the directorate cleared in the minister's office? It is not difficult.

The answer is that there are 28½ FTE communications people employed in the Health Directorate and in ACT hospitals and 0.8 of a person in the minister's office. Then there is a small table that gives a run-down of that: one SES, three SOGAs, 4½ SOGBs, five SOGCs, nine ASO6s, three ASO5s, one ASO4, a PO2, a PO3 and a quarter of an RN. Quite frankly, I am gobsmacked that that information took 1,530 minutes to compile. I do not know whether they had them all in a room and they had trouble counting them or what. (Time expired.)

Katy Gallagher—tribute

Children and young people—achievements

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion, Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations) (5.08): I rise today to reflect on some of the recent successes of young people in our community. But before doing so I wish to take this opportunity to endorse the comments made yesterday by my colleagues the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister Gentleman about Katy Gallagher's contribution to Canberra over the last 17 years.

Katy has been a committed representative for the people of Canberra and has made an enormous change and difference for the better in our community. I want to place on record my thanks to Katy for the support and advice she has given to me over the last 2½ years and say that she has my full support in whatever she chooses to do next, noting that she is too good to lose.

Ahead of ACT Youth Week last month, I spoke in this place about the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year awards as a way for us to recognise and highlight the contribution young people make to our community. This turned out to be a prescient description of the winners and the work they do in creating a better, safer and more inclusive city for all Canberrans.

The winner of the Personal Achievement Award, Shay-Leigh Willis, is a determined advocate for young people in the LGBTIQ communities. Maddie Diamond won the Individual Community Service Award, in part for her work setting up Trash Mob and, through it, improving and protecting the local environment. The Group Achievement Award went to Jasiri Australia. I know many members in this place are familiar with the work they do through their skill-based programs to help women feel safe and secure in the community. Dhani Gilbert was announced as the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year. Dhani's volunteer work, participating in Aboriginal community events and the ACT Cancer Council's Relay for Life, and providing peer support to other young people who have had a family member diagnosed with cancer, has made her an exceptional role model for all young people in our community.


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