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Ombudsman report says today, pretty much, that—again I say this through you, Madam Speaker—the minister has let them down. We have got disciplinary problems, we have got complaints to WorkSafe, we have got the Fair Work Ombudsman, we have got officers not being replaced. There are driving issues in the SES. We have got funds for training in the Rural Fire Service. We have got movement of fire tankers. It is a long litany of failure from the minister. The way to fix this is to have a statutory authority and then to have a minister who actually cares and does the job. (Time expired.)

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 8

Mr Doszpot

Ms Lawder

Ms Berry

Ms Gallagher

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Mr Gentleman

Mr Hanson

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mrs Jones

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the negative.

Sitting suspended from 12.27 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

ACT Emergency Services Agency—management

MR HANSON: My question is to the minister for emergency services. Minister, an ABC report this morning noted that a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation has found that between 2008 and 2012 the ACT government broke the law by knowingly failing to keep accurate staff records of ACT Ambulance Service employees, leading to multiple breaches of the Fair Work Act and the workplace relations act. The ABC has characterised the Ombudsman’s report as “scathing”. Minister, when were you first made aware of these record-keeping practices?

MR CORBELL: I was made aware of the circumstances within the last 12 months. As to the exact date, I will take that on notice and advise Mr Hanson.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary.

MR HANSON: Minister, when did you first take action to try and resolve these issues?

MR CORBELL: The moment it was brought to my attention.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: At the moment it was first brought to your attention, what action did you take to resolve these issues?

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