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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (30 October) . . Page.. 4476 ..


directly to me by pharmacy staff and by their union. I was very pleased to see that an agreement had been reached. We continue to work with pharmacy staff on the issues that they raised and continue to provide further advancements for them in Canberra Health Services.

MR PARTON: Minister, why must departments in ACT Health be in crisis before you will take action to address the problems they face?

MS FITZHARRIS: They will not.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, have you asked the independent inquiry into culture in ACT Health to examine why you are consistently slow to address concerns of staff that go to the heart of culture and, if not, why not?

MS FITZHARRIS: Mrs Dunne and the Canberra community can see the terms of reference for the independent panel looking into workplace culture, and I would invite her to reacquaint herself with those terms of reference and my previous statements on my expectations of the panel.

Light rail—stage 1 update

MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Transport. Minister, have you received any advice as to which month in early 2019 fare-paying customers can expect to be on light rail?

MS FITZHARRIS: Yes, I have.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, what is that advice, and how many months of track testing need to take place before these first fee-paying passengers can be on the tram?

MS FITZHARRIS: Certainly, the amount of testing required is that required to meet the requirements of ONRSR, the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator. That is when accreditation will be received, and that is when full-fee-paying passengers can start riding Canberra's light rail.

MR WALL: Minister, how will you simulate the conditions of the winter months during track testing?

MS FITZHARRIS: As Mr Wall may recall, there has been testing during winter months already.

Canberra—sister city relationships

MS ORR: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, can you please update the Assembly on the activities that took place last week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our sister city relationship with Nara?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Orr for her question. Indeed, 25 years ago, on 26 October 1993, then Chief Minister Rosemary Follett signed the official proclamation for the


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