Page 798 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 28 March 2023

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MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (5.48), in reply: This is a straightforward bill. It provides for the appropriation of additional funds in the current fiscal year of $711,000. These are for employee expenses—that is, covering the pay rise for the Office of the Legislative Assembly officers of the Assembly, the Integrity Commissioner, the Auditor-General and the Electoral Commissioner. So those opposite are prepared to vote for a pay rise for that group of hardworking ACT public servants but not the others! It is telling, Madam Speaker, but I commend this bill, like I did the last one, to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Minister for Health—conduct

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (4.49), by leave: I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) On 23 March 2023 Ms Castley asked a question of the Minister for Health as follows—

“Mr Assistant Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, if private, personal information has been provided to a union in one area of the health system over a number of years, what evidence can you provide to show that this has not occurred in other areas across the health system?”;

(b) the Minister answered as follows—

“I thank Ms Castley for the question. There is absolutely no evidence that this has occurred in any other area of the health system. I would encourage the opposition to not engage in these scare tactics which will only create concern for people who are accessing our health services. What I can say as well to Ms Castley is that the recent implementation of the Digital Health Record has resulted in a step change in the security of health records and the traceability of any access to those records and any downloading or sharing of those records. So data export capabilities in this system, which has replaced 40 other electronic and paper based systems, are tied to the role-based model to control and the strict reporting capabilities out of the Digital Health Record. That is a step change in ensuring that patient data is protected and that if anyone were to be trying to use, download or share patient data in an inappropriate way, that would be much more easily identified and tracked.”; and

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