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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 8 Hansard (4 August) . . Page.. 3416..


MR WOOD (continuing):

Secondly, there is a workplace environment review that will examine management and staff behaviour in the workplace as well as key human resource policies in the ADP. This review has commenced and is being conducted by Ms Catherine McPherson, former deputy ombudsman, with a range of terms of reference that are available. We expect that to be completed by the end of October this year. The probity review will be commenced in perhaps mid-August this year.

There is then a third review. A clinical governance review would examine the appropriateness of clinical services and clinical policies within the ADP. The team for this review is currently being recruited. It will be composed of experts in drug and alcohol services and clinical governance. The review is expected to commence in the coming weeks and will be completed by the end of February 2005. I can offer the terms of reference for those.

I point out that we take these issues very seriously. You particularly asked about the terms of the public interest disclosure legislation. As I understand it, that is being well observed.

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. In that case, if you are treating these allegations seriously and as a public interest disclosure matter, why are officials in the ACT department of health monitoring the emails and other communications of the workers concerned?

MR WOOD: I do not know whether that is happening. I do not know the extent to which, in the normal course of business, the emails and the business on the computers are accessible and monitored by anybody anyway. I will come back to you with a particular response to that.

MR SPEAKER: Questions without notice?

MR STANHOPE: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Mrs Dunne: Sorry, I was just going to-

MR SPEAKER: The Chief Minister just asked that all further questions be placed on the notice paper because nobody rose.

Mrs Dunne: Ms Dundas was standing and I was standing.

MR SPEAKER: No, she was not. And no, you were not. It was pretty obvious to me that nobody was that keen.

Ms Dundas: Mr Speaker, do we need to suspend standing orders or are we allowed to ask questions?

MR SPEAKER: No. You need to rise to your feet when you want to ask a question. Who wants to go first? I call Mrs Dunne.


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