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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 26 November 2014) . . Page.. 4035 ..


Madam Speaker, in 2010, when the government covered up one of the previous reports, an article appeared entitled, “Maternity doctors fear ‘business as usual’ at Canberra Hospital”. It stated:

Junior doctors fear it will be “business as usual” at the Canberra Hospital maternity unit now the inquiry into bullying and harassment allegations has been completed ...

ACT Health announced on Friday afternoon that an investigation into the allegations had been completed but the results would not be made public … a number of staff in the obstetrics and gynaecology unit were concerned that the problems which led to the inquiry could occur again.

“Could occur again.” It continued:

“I think the junior doctors who put their hands up and said they felt bullied now feel hopeless,” Dr Foote said. “A number of staff have contacted me and said there’s fear and dread of what’s going to happen ... it’s business as usual.”

The fear and dread of those doctors has come to realisation, and it is a fear and dread that this minister, through her inaction, through her incompetence and through her attack on those doctors, is directly responsible for. (Time expired.)

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 8

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mrs Jones

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Standing order 46—personal explanation

MS GALLAGHER: Madam Speaker, I seek leave under standing order 46.

MADAM SPEAKER: Do you claim to have been misrepresented?

MS GALLAGHER: I do.

MADAM SPEAKER: You have my leave.


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