Page 4139 - Week 12 - Thursday, 1 December 2022

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DR PATERSON: Minister, do you have any advice for Canberrans on how to stay safe on our roads over the upcoming holiday period?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her supplementary question, and for her real concern about the impact that road crashes have on families, particularly over this period. I would like to take this opportunity to remind the community that road safety is everyone’s responsibility. I would like to call on all Canberrans to stay safe over the coming holiday period, particularly when driving.

We do not want our first responders to have to give any more families the devastating news that they will have an empty chair at Christmas. I know what that feels like personally, and I would not wish it on anyone. We have seen 18 lives tragically lost on ACT roads this year. It is heartbreaking to consider the cost that each of those losses has on our community, and enough is enough. When we get behind the wheel, we take responsibility for the lives of ourselves and of our passengers and other road users.

As such, I am asking Canberrans to drive so that others can survive this Christmas: allow extra travel time, be patient on our roads, take regular breaks, stick to the speed limit, drive to the conditions, leave your phone alone, and do not drive while affected by drugs or alcohol. I hope all Canberrans enjoy a safe holiday period.

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Planning—district strategies

MR GENTLEMAN: In regard to the question from Mr Cain, and my reference to annual report hearings, I advise the chamber that it was certainly Mr Cain’s question in annual reports hearings, but it was put by Mr Parton at the time.

Canberra Hospital—Adult Mental Health Unit

MS DAVIDSON: In response to some questions that Mr Cocks was asking me today, I would like to refer back to my answers to questions from both Mr Cocks and Ms Castley on Wednesday 23 November, which started with Mr Cocks asking a question and a supplementary question about the specifics of an incident that occurred at the adult mental health unit on 13 November. Ms Castley also asked a supplementary question:

… prior to the patient death on 13 November, were you aware of any safety concerns for patients and staff at the adult mental health unit?

My answer at the time was “no”, because in the context of that particular night, and that particular incident, I was not aware of any specific risks relating to that incident or for that night in question.

In subsequent questions this week, I have been asked more generally about my awareness of risks for occupational violence in mental health facilities on an ongoing

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