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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 July 2019) . . Page.. 2402 ..


This program will give tenants more options of where to live by increasing housing stock in areas where there has not been much before, for example, in Gungahlin. I am proud of this government and its delivery of more public housing for Canberrans. I will continue to update the Assembly as the program continues.

ACT Health—workplace culture

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, during estimates your predecessor undertook to publicly release the results of the 2019 ACT Health workplace culture survey. Minister, please confirm that the outcome of this survey will be released, when that will be, and whether it will be in full.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mrs Jones for the question. I can confirm that it will be released, but I will have to take the question on notice in relation to the time frame on that.

MRS JONES: Minister, will the survey results be released in full, and why have they not been released in the past?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mrs Jones for the supplementary. I think she would understand that my capacity to answer a question about why something has not happened in the past is pretty limited. I think the answer is that I might as well release it in full, because it will be FOI-ed if I do not.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what is your plan for creating complete openness when it comes to identifying and dealing with workplace culture issues in the ACT health system?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I think I have responded in part to Mrs Dunne’s supplementary, for which I thank her. I think I have a record in my other portfolios of being transparent and, indeed, increasing the amount of reporting to the Assembly. I am absolutely committed to transparency and, again, I might as well be, because everything we do and say within the Health portfolio is FOI-ed anyway so I do not lose anything by getting out in front of it and putting it out in my own time.

ACT Health—executive remuneration

MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Health. Last year your predecessor promised that the staff budget for public health services would not increase as a result of the restructure of ACT Health. We have since found out from a question on notice that the executive staffing budget for ACT public health services has increased by over $1 million. Minister, why has the cost of executive staffing blown out by over $1 million?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Miss Burch for the question. I recall answering another question on notice in relation to executive staff numbers which did not seem to indicate a significant increase in the number of executive staff. I will take the detail of the question on notice, but it may be that, as a result of restructuring, and


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