Page 733 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 28 March 2023

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Ms Castley: A point of order on relevance, Madam Speaker. The minister is answering Mr Hanson’s question. I have asked what investigation the minister has done to prove or disprove the union’s allegations.

MADAM SPEAKER: I think she is in order. Without paraphrasing you, Minister, you have had many discussions.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Yes, I think I have already answered that question. I am trying to provide some further context for the Assembly in relation to Ms Castley’s question, which related specifically to the allegations made by the ANMF. The ANMF secretary himself has said that best practice is that that information is shared in a de-identified way, if it needs to be shared at all.

MR COCKS: Minister, to your knowledge, has private patient information ever been provided to you or any other minister?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Cocks for the question. Yes, patient information is provided to me on a regular basis, when patients write to me or when someone else writes to me on their behalf and I write back to them, if they have signed a release. Everyone in the chamber would be familiar with the process of getting a release of information form. If they are able to get that personal information about an individual patient or if the individual patient has written to me, expressing concerns about their care, or if a parent is expressing concern about a child’s care—

Mr Hanson: What about from the union? Has the union given you information?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Mr Hanson, I am answering the question that I was asked. If you want to ask a different question, you will have an opportunity, I am sure, in supplementary questions. I am answering the question that I was asked, which was: do I sometimes receive individual patient information? Yes, I do. I am sure Minister Davidson does as well. It is, in fact, part of our jobs.

Lake Tuggeranong—water quality

MR DAVIS: My question is to the minister for water. Minister, it would not be a sitting week in this place if I did not ask you about water quality in our urban lakes and waterways—in particular, water quality in Lake Tuggeranong and the surrounding catchment, an issue that is raised with me on an almost daily basis by my constituents. I saw last week that Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch released their latest Catchment Health Indicator Program report. Could you please update the Assembly on this report and its results?

MR RATTENBURY: Yes, the Catchment Health Indicator Program report, or the CHIP report, as it is commonly known, was released last week. It contains data collected by over 200 volunteers. It is an enormous exercise of citizen science. It helps the government to get a better understanding of the state of health of our waterways. It includes 1,992 water quality surveys, 192 waterbug surveys and 232 riverbank condition assessments.


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