Page 742 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 28 March 2023

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MR COCKS: Minister, have you set up the independent oversight committee because the relationship between you and Dhulwa has broken down so badly?

MS DAVIDSON: I have previously announced that the organisations invited to be represented on that independent oversight committee would include the ANMF, Carers ACT, the Mental Health Consumer Network and the Human Rights Commission and that it would be chaired by Ms Barbara Deegan and would continue to have the expertise of a forensic mental health expert to make sure that we understand what is being implemented.

It is very important that, when we do this work, we are able to work together cooperatively and collaboratively. That does require a certain level of trust. It is my expectation that the first meeting of that independent oversight committee will occur in April. I look forward to the first meeting and to understanding how we are going to work together well.

MS CASTLEY: Minister, why did it take so long to recognise and respond to these problems?

MS DAVIDSON: Thank you for the question. As I was saying earlier, it is quite a lot of work to set up an independent inquiry of this nature.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MS DAVIDSON: We announced that we were doing that on 2 May 2022. That inquiry was independently chaired and undertook extensive hearings, site visits and assessing of submissions. The final report was presented to the Assembly before the end of that calendar year. That is actually quite a lot of work to undertake in a relatively short space of time.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MS DAVIDSON: We then came back in the first sitting week of 2023 to announce that the ACT government was accepting all 25 of those recommendations and had already started the work to implement them.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MS DAVIDSON: We made it apparent that we were going to provide an independent oversight committee to ensure that these recommendations are implemented properly. That is a thorough piece of work, with quite a high level of independence and involvement from key stakeholders.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MS DAVIDSON: There was only a relatively short space of time between when the issues were raised with me and when we announced that we would have an independent inquiry.

Mr Hanson: You were dragged kicking and screaming. Be honest.


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