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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (14 August) . . Page.. 2856 ..


waiting times, a culture of bullying in ACT Health, the imaging department failing 28 of 32 criteria, the numerous dog attacks that have occurred in Canberra in the past 12 months, Justice Mossop's scathing criticism yesterday on the lack of action on dangerous dogs, significant cuts to school buses, cuts to Xpresso bus services, massive cuts to local bus services—

Ms Berry: This is taking a long time.

MS LAWDER: I could keep going for quite some time—and a sham bus consultation that has left a bitter feeling in the public towards the minister, do you still have confidence in the minister for health, transport and city services?

MR BARR: Yes, very strong confidence.

MS LAWDER: Chief Minister, how secure is the position of the minister for health, transport and city services, given the defection of Mr Pettersson from the right faction?

MR BARR: Secure, Madam Speaker.

MRS DUNNE: Chief Minister, why won't you reduce the workload of the Minister for Health and Wellbeing and Minister for Transport and City Services so that she can get at least something done right?

MR BARR: Of course I am constantly looking at issues of workload across territory government and this is something that has been brought to my attention not just by your question, Mrs Dunne, but indeed through conversation with colleagues and looking at the government's forward priorities. It does of course remain within the purview of the Chief Minister to undertake consideration of the administrative orders and of course I can do that at any time. I take these matters seriously.

Minister Fitzharris continues to do an outstanding job in each of those portfolio areas and as I indicated in my response to the first two questions—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, enough. We have nearly got to the end of question time.

MR BARR: Minister Fitzharris retains my confidence, the confidence of all her colleagues and the confidence of the people of the ACT.

Government—rural assistance

MS CODY: My question is to the Minister for Environment and Heritage. Minister, can you outline to the Assembly how the ACT government is supporting farmers in the ACT during the extended dry conditions currently being experienced?


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