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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 10 Hansard (18 September) . . Page.. 3689 ..


Once out on site, the inspectors will determine whether a breach has likely occurred and prevent further work being done if necessary. Importantly, they can also quickly determine if there has not been a breach of building regulations and pass the complaint on to a more appropriate area if necessary.

This rapid response supplements the work that is being done by the building inspectorate. By gathering the details and conferring with subject matter experts for those issues that we need to look at in more depth to determine which cases need further attention, the team will help to ensure that cases are dealt with in the most efficient way possible.

Most importantly, this is about giving the community confidence in the regulator: confidence that their complaint has been heard, that someone has come out and assessed the issue and that the process in in train; and confidence that where significant issues present themselves or the work is unauthorised, the work will be stopped.

MR PARTON: Minister, will more inspectors be required?

MR RAMSAY: I am pleased to note that the current budget—which I note, by the way, Mr Parton voted against in the last sitting period, along with everyone else opposite—will be providing for additional building inspectors to ensure that the response can be rapid. That is part of the way that this government is making it very clear that building quality improvement is a priority. We will be following through on that priority. We are working with the rapid regulatory response team on a range of other improvements.

ACT Health—workplace culture

MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing and relates to the proposed inquiry into the ACT health system. Minister, under the Inquiries Act, and I quote:

The proceedings of a board of inquiry are taken to be proceedings of public concern for the Civil Law (Wrongs) Act 2002, section 139 (Defences of fair report of proceedings of public concern).

Will your proposed inquiry be taken as a proceeding of public concern and have the defence of fair reporting?

MS FITZHARRIS: I will take the question on notice.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, what protection for public reporting will be guaranteed under the proposed inquiry?

MS FITZHARRIS: I will outline that when I provide a further update on the terms of reference for the review.


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