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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 4285 ..


There is a range of other things going on but I want to assure both the Assembly and our nursing staff that I am very focused on this. It is important. I expect people to be able to go to work and be safe. I know that our staff recognise that there is a level of risk but we want to make them as safe as we possibly can.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, why do nurses in the adult mental health unit not feel confident that they will be able to leave work safe from harm?

MR RATTENBURY: As I touched on in my previous remarks, our staff recognise that there is a level of risk in the workplace. Our job is to mitigate those risks as much as possible by ensuring that we have the right systems, the right infrastructure and the right training. Where individual staff have concerns we need to take up those concerns. Certainly both I and the senior leadership of the health department have had meetings with the nurses federation recently and they have represented to me very directly the concerns of some of their members. I take that very seriously.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what responsibility do you have as the minister to ensure that nurses and patients in our mental health residential system are safe?

MR RATTENBURY: My responsibility is to ensure that our senior leadership is putting the right measures in place. My responsibility is to be available to the union and to our staff for people to be able to raise their concerns with me. That is what I consider to be my responsibility; and then to follow through and ensure that those concerns are acted on.

Does that mean that everything will be fixed all of the time? No, it does not. That is why I must continue to work on these things.

Tuggeranong—Mpowerdome

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Minister, a recent campaign has been undertaken in Tuggeranong suburbs that calls for the ACT government to purchase the Mpowerdome sporting facility and ensure that the facility once again becomes open to serve as an indoor sports facility in Tuggeranong and for the broader Tuggeranong community. What conversations have you recently had with either your department or external stakeholders about the future of the Mpowerdome?

MS BERRY: Sorry; with stakeholders?

MR WALL: I will repeat that for the minister. What conversations have you recently had with your department or external stakeholders about the future of the Mpowerdome?

MS BERRY: I have not had any conversations; only to know that there are some leaflets going out in suburbs in Tuggeranong about the purchase or the sale of the Mpowerdome.


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