Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2023 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 May 2023) . . Page.. 1163 ..
Wednesday, 10 May 2023
MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.00): Members:
Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.
Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.
Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.
The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:
This is Ngunnawal Country.
Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal country.
We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal country.
Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the
people of the Australian Capital territory.
Leave of absence
Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:
That leave of absence be granted to Ms Orr for this sitting due to personal reasons.
Centenary Hospital for Women and Children—Fetal Medicine Unit
Correction to the record
MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (10.01), by leave: Yesterday, in question time, Mr Cocks asked me a question about the Fetal Medicine Unit tender. During my response, I said:
I will take on notice whose decision it was. Going back to Ms Castley’s earlier question, I was not aware of the specific request for proposal before it was released. I knew that Canberra Health Services was exploring a range of options to attract additional capacity to support the very hard working staff in the Fetal Medicine Unit. I will come back to the chamber with some advice about specifically who took the decision to go down this particular path.
On reviewing the Hansard yesterday evening, I realised that I misspoke in saying, “I was not aware of the specific request for proposal before it was released.” In keeping me up to date on the response to the Fetal Medicine Unit issue, on 20 March I was advised that a select tender had been approved and was undergoing probity advice and review by the GSO. I did not, however, see that request for proposal before it was released, in that level of detail that I had in mind when I answered the question yesterday.