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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 August 2010) . . Page.. 3390 ..

survey. It is not so that Mr Hanson can get his rocks off by identifying problems and then doing the performance that he does. That is not what it is about.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary?

MR HANSON: Yes, Mr Speaker. Minister, did you instigate the review into bullying under the Public Interest Disclosure Act as a deliberate strategy to ensure that information damaging to you and your department would be withheld from public scrutiny?

Mr Seselja interjecting—

Mr Hanson: You could have done it under the Inquiries Act.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The minister has the floor.

MS GALLAGHER: No. The Government Solicitor’s advice was sought on the best way to proceed with the knowledge that some of the feedback that was being provided was that people did not want to identify themselves in order to be involved. So you cannot have it both ways. You cannot say that we did not respond to complaints when people did not want to come forward and then we are hiding any information we make public when there was overwhelming agreement that people who wanted to participate needed to be protected and “protected” meant not wanting to be identified. That is hardly going to be able to be delivered through an inquiry under the Inquiries Act, Mr Hanson. The Public Interest Disclosure Act provides people with that protection. It also provides penalties for any repercussions of any involvement in that process. That is the process that was ultimately determined to the satisfaction of all parties. I have no interest in hiding anything, Mr Hanson.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, why are you once again failing to be open and accountable about the workplace culture in the department of health, and when will you start being open and accountable about it?

MS GALLAGHER: I am not hiding anything. I think the release of the clinical review, and all of the associated commentary around that review, is a clear indication that I am not hiding anything.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.


Mr Speaker presented the following papers:

Pursuant to standing order 191—Amendments to:

Crimes (Sentence Administration) Amendment Bill 2010, dated 29 June 2010.

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