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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (28 November) . . Page.. 4938 ..


substitute for a proper workplace culture review. It was risible to talk about developing a nurse safety strategy after we had seen the white hot anger of the ANMF about the failure of the Minister for Mental Health and Minister for Health and Wellbeing to address a work safety strategy and the delays in that. It is risible that they would call this an achievement. It is not an achievement. It is something that they are in the process of doing, and something that has been unconscionably delayed.

These are just some of the things that the minister says are her achievements. The minister says that the Canberra Liberals are denigrating the public health system. Nothing is further from the truth. We believe in the public health system. We believe it needs to be appropriately funded and it needs to be appropriately supported by its political leaders. This minister does not do this.

I refer again to the very first meeting I had with Minister Fitzharris after she became the Minister for Health and I became the shadow minister. It took many months to actually have that meeting. I offered to work with her in a collaborative fashion. Like Mrs Jones, I do not come in here and lie. The offer I made to her on that day was: "I do not need to go to the media with every story. If you have an issue and you want to sort it out with me, pick up the phone, send me an email or come and see me in my office." She has never once done it. This minister does not know how to work collaboratively across the chamber. She was given every opportunity.

What the people on this side of the chamber want is a good public health system and a good hospital system where the staff are appreciated by their managers, by their leaders. They do not have it. I pay tribute to the staff who have to work under these circumstances. It is quite clear from the demeanour of this minister that she should not continue in her job, and it is quite clear from the demeanour of this minister that she should be censured by this parliament.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 11 : Miss C Burch, Ms Lee, Mr Coe, Mr Milligan, Mrs Dunne, Mr Parton, Mr Hanson, Mr Wall, Mrs Jones, Mrs Kikkert, Ms Lawder

Noes 14 : Mr Barr, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Berry, Ms Orr, Ms J Burch, Mr Pettersson, Ms Cheyne, Mr Ramsay, Ms Cody, Mr Rattenbury, Ms Fitzharris, Mr Steel, Mr Gentleman, Ms Stephen-Smith

Question resolved in the negative.

Drugs of Dependence (Personal Cannabis Use) Amendment Bill 2018

Mr Pettersson, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.


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