Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 19 September 2018) . . Page.. 3749 ..
has a different preamble, Mrs Dunne’s notice also calls on the executive to establish a board of inquiry into matters about ACT Health. In fact, points (2)(b) and (c) of today’s motion are the same as the motion of 1 August, bar a change of month
Mrs Dunne, although the matter is somewhat the same in substance as the motion debated and negatived on 1 August, I will allow this motion today. However, I do not want to see another motion calling for an inquiry under the Inquiries Act in this calendar year unless there are exceptional circumstances. Mrs Dunne, you have the call.
MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.34): I move
That this Assembly:
(1) notes the:
(a) Australian Medical Association’s call for a board of inquiry into the ACT Health governance structure, workplace culture and industrial practices, and matters raised in the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards’ 2018 Accreditation Report (including the Interim Report) into ACT Health;
(b) support of the Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation for a board of inquiry;
(c) support of the ACT Visiting Medical Officers Association;
(d) support of the media for a board of inquiry;
(e) powers of a board of inquiry; and
(f) protections and privileges offered in a board of inquiry setting; and
(2) calls on the Executive to:
(a) reverse its opposition to the establishment of a board of inquiry to investigate the matters set out in part (1)(a);
(b) by 31 October 2018, consult with the Opposition, the Crossbench and relevant health sector professional representative bodies to finalise terms of reference and appointees for a board of inquiry under the Inquiries Act 1991 (the Act) to investigate the matters set out in part (1)(a); and
(c) during the November 2018 sitting period, table an instrument of appointment in accordance with section 5 of the Act.
Madam Speaker, before I begin my formal comments, I would like to reflect on your statement. There are exceptional circumstances that would warrant the introduction of this motion today, which I will reflect on in my comments. It is quite clear that there have been developments in this area since the motion that was moved in August which warrant the opposition bringing this matter forward in a somewhat similar but different set of circumstances.
Madam Speaker, the words “political stunt”, “tens of millions of dollars” and “unwarranted” have all been used by the Minister for Health and Wellbeing to try to