Page 288 - Week 01 - Thursday, 29 November 2012

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Members may also be aware that the growth, diversification and jobs strategy foreshadowed a buy local social media campaign, and I am pleased to inform the Assembly that this will be announced early in our centenary year and will assist small businesses in using social media to more effectively market themselves to the Canberra community.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, if all is as well as you say, why has business confidence in the territory fallen 31 per cent in the last quarter, putting the territory now below the national average?

MR BARR: There was very great concern, I understand, at the prospect of a Liberal government in the ACT. That, combined with the thought of 20,000 job cuts coming from a federal Liberal government, certainly had an impact on confidence in some sections of the business community. Madam Speaker, I think you see in the commentary from those responsible for this particular survey that there is certainly some concern about sales into the future.

My response to the member would be that the single most important thing that this government can do to ensure that there is ongoing confidence and viability in the territory economy is to ensure that Canberrans have the opportunities for jobs. And the worst thing that can happen to this city is that if 20,000 of those 208,000 jobs are ripped out of our economy, we will go into recession. It will confirm again what Canberrans know—that the Liberal Party is the party of recession in this city.

Canberra Hospital—alleged bullying

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Health. In the last Assembly you refused to release the review into bullying in obstetrics and you also refused to release staff culture surveys. The executive who doctored data in ED claimed she did so out of fear but you said that she was wrong. Minister, please outline for the Canberra community why you are so worried about them knowing what the ACT Health staff think?


MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, when staff do say how they are feeling, like the staff member at the centre of the ED manipulation scandal, why do you state that they must not be telling the truth?

MS GALLAGHER: I have not.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

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