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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 21 June 2011) . . Page.. 2147 ..


Act; table regulations for important bills before those important bills are passed, especially the bill coming before the Assembly here today; and institute comprehensive freedom of information reform, as outlined by the justice and community safety committee. Then she might have some chance of starting on a path of openness and accountability.

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (5.47): I thank Mr Doszpot for bringing this matter of public importance forward. I know that I have only got about three minutes, so I will have to be quick, but—

MR SPEAKER: One and a half, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: All right, I will be very quick. The issues I would like to cover would be Katy Gallagher’s cover-up of the bullying allegations at the Canberra Hospital; her statements that all her plans were on the table when they were not for Calvary hospital; her saying that it was the Little Company of Mary that wanted the heads of agreement signed when I have written evidence that she requested that signing; the fact that the Greens and the Liberals have called for her to be more honest in her health reporting—the Assembly has actually called on her to be more honest; and Katy Gallagher’s denial that there was a concern about the accuracy of elective surgery waiting lists and saying that I was besmirching the health staff when it was proved quite categorically that there were significant problems with those waiting lists.

We saw problems with the bush healing farm and the cover-up of documents and Katy Gallagher allowing her chief executive to write me what could only be construed as threatening letters. When I criticised her initially or made comment about the performance of the health system, Katy Gallagher put out a press release stating in public that I was sexist and she attempted cover up any criticism or accountability of her own performance.

Do not shake your head, Katy. That is exactly what you did. There is the secure adult mental health facility that she has promised. I did not get through the jail, the schools, or the bilateral with the Greens. In the 10 seconds or less I have left, it is quite clear that the government are not open, they are not accountable, and there are numerous examples of that. And Meredith Hunter—

MR SPEAKER: The time for discussion on the matter of public importance has now expired.

Administrative (One ACT Public Service Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2011

Ms Gallagher, by leave, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health, Minister for Industrial Relations and Treasurer) (5.49): I move:


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