Page 854 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I need to be clear that CHS have gone back through all of their records. This is not necessarily recent. As I said yesterday, they have also indicated that they do not have a single system that holds all of this information. They have been clear, and I was clear yesterday, that they cannot say that this is everything, but they have identified this. I will have to take on notice whether or not any of those breaches are related. I would say to Ms Castley’s point—again, really misrepresenting the way that I understood the question and the context of my response to it—in responding to that question from Ms Castley I was very clear about what it was that I was referring to when I responded to her in that response the other day. Again, this is the opposition drawing a bow from a response that I gave, taking a small part of it out of context and placing it in a different context.

MS CASTLEY: Minister, when did the data breaches involving a senior nurse and the eight other serious cases occur?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: The matter involving the senior nurse was quite recent, I understand. I will take on notice the time lines on the other matters.

MR COCKS: Minister, will you now commit to a full, open and transparent investigation of the extent and nature of privacy breaches from before the DHR was implemented, given that there is now reason to believe that there are wider implications of this issue?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Again, Mr Cocks is taking out of context my comment about the wider implications. In that response I was very clear that I was talking about the very specific matter in relation to the three staff that action had been taken against and the way that they had released information. I will again say—because the Canberra Liberals are continuing to draw the implication that this is a widespread practice in Canberra Health Services and continuing to scare the Canberra community around it—that there is no evidence. They have no evidence that this type of activity is more widespread. If they do, they should share it.

I will take on notice Mr Cocks’s question because I am confident that Canberra Health Services take the privacy of patient information very seriously. The fact that they have previously taken action against staff, as appropriate under the enterprise agreement, when these issues have been identified, and the fact that they have taken action against these staff, indicates how seriously they take this issue.

So I will take on notice the question from Mr Cocks around whether there are any grounds to believe that a wider investigation of this matter is warranted.

Schools—Meals in Schools pilot program

DR PATERSON: My question is to the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs. Minister, can you please update the Assembly on the ACT government’s Meals in Schools pilot project?

MS BERRY: I thank Dr Paterson for her question. In 2020, ACT Labor promised to trial free school meals, and now we are delivering on that promise. Students at five

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