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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 July 2019) . . Page.. 2392 ..


MR COE: Minister, is the government supportive of the Australian War Memorial expansion and associated works?

MR STEEL: In relation to the specific issue of the car park, I can say that we have in-principle support subject to the matters that I have outlined in the Assembly today, considering the ecological heritage and environmental impacts of the proposed construction area.

Mr Coe: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Point of order, Mr Coe?

Mr Coe: It is regarding relevance. The specific question was: does the government support the Australian War Memorial expansion and associated works. He might well have addressed the associated works, but he has not addressed the crux of the question.

MADAM SPEAKER: I think he is still within the policy remit. The primary question was around the associated works to deal with the car park, so there is no point of order. Do you have anything to add, Mr Steel?

MR STEEL: No.

ACT Health—workplace culture

MRS KIKKERT: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Health. A report published in July 2019 showed that a quarter of all complaints from ACT Health staff were about bullying and harassment. Why does bullying and harassment in the ACT’s health system continue to be rife even after all the attention that has been paid to it?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I am not entirely sure which report Mrs Kikkert is referring, but I thank her for the question. Culture across the health sector is very important, and that was why the government commissioned the independent review into workplace culture within the ACT public health services and why it has committed to the implementation of all 20 recommendations made by the independent review.

I commend the former Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Meegan Fitzharris, for the very hard work she did on this matter and her absolute commitment to ensuring that these issues were addressed. Of course we are committed to the implementation of the 20 recommendations of the report. The culture review oversight group, which former Minister Fitzharris chaired and which I will now take over chairing, has met twice to oversee that process.

Last week I met for the first time with the clinical leadership forum responding to some of the primary findings of the review that clinical leaders across the organisation need to take more responsibility in terms of both service delivery and cultural leadership within the organisation.


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