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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 18 March 2010) . . Page.. 1122 ..

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Smyth, are you unhappy with something in particular around it? There are fact sheets going out to staff. This is a serious investigation being conducted under serious legislation to protect people to ensure that they will participate. That is what is asked for. That is what has been provided. And now the Liberal opposition have decided to come and cast doubts and shadows over the professional that has agreed to do it. Well, congratulations to you, Mr Hanson; what a wonderful achievement for this week!

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary?

MR HANSON: Minister, has the review been publicly advertised or notified so that members of the public are given an opportunity to participate and, if so, where?

MS GALLAGHER: No, because, Mr Hanson, this is a review into allegations of bullying and harassment in a workplace at the Canberra Hospital. That is what the review is about. In the immediate instance, it is for staff in that area.

Mr Hanson: A lot of them have left, haven’t they?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson!

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Speaker, if I could just answer without the constant interruptions. It is for staff in the workplace. Then, before Mr Hanson rudely interjected, I was going to say “and for people who used to work there but who no longer work there”. That is where the allegations have centred. It is not a free-for-all for any member of the public to provide a submission. That is not what this is about. This is about—

Mr Smyth: What about former staff?

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Smyth, if you were not listening while I was giving my answer—and I will just remind myself about my 40th birthday wish—for former staff as well who are in the process of being contacted.

Mr Smyth: How will they know?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, you will get supplementaries in a moment.

MS GALLAGHER: How do they know? That is Mr Smyth’s 40th question for today, my 40th birthday. People are being contacted. Anyone who worked there or currently works there or who has shown interest in this or who has contacted ACT Health is being given information about how to participate.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary question?

MR SESELJA: Minister, what was the selection process to select the reviewer; who selected the reviewer; and has the reviewer undertaken reviews under the Public Interest Disclosure Act?

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