Page 289 - Week 01 - Thursday, 29 November 2012

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MR HANSON: Minister, when ACT Health staff have negative feedback to make publicly, such as the obstetrics doctors complaining about bullying in 2010, why did you accuse them of not telling the truth?

MS GALLAGHER: These matters have been fully explored in the last Assembly. I meet staff all the time. I hear positive and negative feedback. In fact, if there is one directorate where staff feel more than able to inform ministers and senior executives about how they are feeling at work, it is in the Health Directorate, and I welcome that, as does the director-general, which is why she got rousing applause when ACT Health got such a positive accreditation report about a week ago from an auditorium and a staff cafeteria packed with staff keen to hear about their organisation and the input they have had into it.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, why are you hiding the views of ACT Health staff from the Canberra community through the staff culture survey?

MS GALLAGHER: I am not hiding anything.


MADAM SPEAKER: Before I give Mr Wall the call, I acknowledge the presence in the gallery of former member and minister, Mr Hargreaves. Welcome back to the Assembly.

Questions without notice

Government—infrastructure projects

MR WALL: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, soon after prisoners arrived at the AMC you had to have a review into the failures of the prison. Now, shortly after the opening of the women and children’s hospital, you have to have a review into the failures of the hospital. What other infrastructure projects will you be forced, during the current term of the Assembly, to have a review into because of your government’s failure to deliver infrastructure on time and on budget?

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, the question is hypothetical: what reviews will you have to undertake in the future? It is a hypothetical question, Madam Speaker.

Mr Seselja: On the point of order, Madam Speaker, if the test for hypothetical is anything that may happen in future then many, many questions would have been ruled out of order. The Speaker has consistently ruled on this, that those questions have not been ruled as hypothetical and have not been ruled out of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: On the point of order, I think that there is a fair amount of precedent for questions that border on the hypothetical, certainly in the last Assembly, being in order. It is something that when members are compiling questions they should have in mind, but on this occasion I will allow the question. Chief Minister.

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