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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 22 August 2018) . . Page.. 3481 ..


Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 11

Miss C Burch

Ms Lee

Mr Barr

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Coe

Mr Wall

Ms Berry

Mr Pettersson

Mrs Dunne

Ms J Burch

Mr Ramsay

Mr Hanson

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Cody

Ms Stephen-Smith

Ms Lawder

Ms Fitzharris

Amendment negatived.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Ambulance data

MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (5.51): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the Minister for Police and Emergency Services politicised the public service by using it to craft political spin to downplay negative ambulance data and his mismanagement of ambulance resourcing;

(b) the minister delayed answering question on notice No 662 for 100 days; and

(c) the data revealed that 41.5 per cent of all emergency ambulance shifts were crewed below the minimum crewing level in 2016-17; and

(2) calls on the minister to:

(a) apologise for using the public service for political spin purposes;

(b) reassure the community that these shifts did not occur during known periods of high demand; and

(c) present to the Assembly by the September 2018 sittings the data which shows on what date and shift type these shifts fell below the minimum crewing level.

It has become apparent from documents obtained under freedom of information that the Minister for Police and Emergency Services has misused public servants in his department for political spin. He has put public servants in a terrible position that they should not be in.

The documents reveal that, under the direction of the minister’s office, officials in the Emergency Services Agency had to create eight versions over a period of 130 days to


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