Page 821 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 6 April 2022
MS BERRY: Thank you for that question. Of course I was aware that there was a procurement process for the Campbell Primary School work.
MR HANSON: I do not think it is funny, Minister. What have you done personally, as the minister responsible, about addressing these probity issues as soon as you found out—in December, or before?
MS BERRY: The Auditor-General conducted her report. The Education Directorate has adjusted some of its work around procurement. The government will respond to the Auditor-General’s report, and that will be tabled tomorrow.
Calwell High School—safety
MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs. Minister, what physical facilities at Calwell High School have been damaged as a result of the chaos and violence that contributed to WorkSafe ACT issuing a prohibition notice?
MS BERRY: I will take that question on notice.
MR HANSON: Minister, are all of the safety systems, fire alarms and such, at Calwell High School currently in good working order?
MS BERRY: Yes, I believe that they are.
MS LAWDER: Minister, has additional funding already been provided to Calwell High School so that all damage to physical facilities and safety systems can be repaired? If not, when will this funding be provided?
MS BERRY: I have provided, at length, detail of the assistance and support that have been provided at Calwell High School last year, and following the incident, and in response to the WorkSafe notice. That work will continue, and I refer the member to my previous answer around safety systems. As far as I am aware, they are all in place and in order.
Dhulwa Mental Health Unit—safety
MS CASTLEY: My question is to the Minister for Mental Health. Minister, nurses at Dhulwa Mental Health Unit have reported more than 100 physical attacks in six months. They say that violence is the norm and liken going to work to being “sent into the killing fields”. The nurses union say that it has pleaded with the government to keep them safe and fear the government’s failure to respond could lead to a “catastrophic event”. The union has called on your government to conduct an urgent inquiry into violence and nurse safety at Dhulwa. How do you respond when our mental health nurses liken going to work to being “sent into the killing fields”?
MS DAVIDSON: Thank you for the question. It is incredibly important that when people are going to work every day that they feel safe. An enormous amount of work recently has been put into making sure that we improve safety at Dhulwa and at all of