Page 4288 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 27 November 2013

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MS GALLAGHER: There are a number of different support services available for patients with cancer, which of course includes breast cancer. Canberra Hospital, as the major hospital, provides psychological, social and practical support and referrals for adult cancer patients, families and their carers. Support is also available through the fantastic work of Bosom Buddies ACT, a not-for-profit organisation of volunteers that provides personal support to breast cancer patients and their families in the ACT.

The Cancer Council also provides a free confidential telephone and support service with specially trained staff available to answer questions about all aspects of cancer, including prevention, early detection and treatment. Pink Hope also is a great organisation which offers a range of support services, including kits and tips, support groups and ambassadors.

Earlier this month I participated in the Pink Hope community fun run to raise awareness among those in the community that may have an inherited pre-disposition to breast cancer and ovarian cancer. The run was held at Forde. There were several hundred people who got out to do that fun run in support of a great cause.

Going back to the original question, I am very pleased that the New South Wales government and the ACT government continue to work together to provide regional solutions to a regional health community.

ACT Emergency Services Agency—management

MR SMYTH: My question is to the minister for emergency services. Minister, the Fair Work Ombudsman’s statement of findings for the Fair Work Ombudsman’s investigation of ACT government entities involved in the employment and payment of ACT Ambulance Service employees noted at least eight key findings, and noted that the ACT government had contravened the Fair Work Act and workplace regulations. Subsequent to this, the Ombudsman has given the government until September 2014 to bring its operations into compliance. Minister, what will the government be doing to comply with the record-keeping provisions of the Fair Work Act and the Fair Work Regulations, and by when?

MR CORBELL: My directorate has set out very clearly to the union representing ambulance officers all the steps it intends to take to abide by the Fair Work Ombudsman’s decision. We note that the Fair Work Ombudsman did not find any deliberate intention on the part of the employer to deny employee entitlements and further recommended a series of steps to address issues around overpayment. Those steps will be followed in accordance with the specifics of the enterprise agreement in place between the government and ambulance officers.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what will the government do to resolve the disputes relating to the recovery of overpayment of leave entitlements in accordance with the Fair Work Act and the agreement, and by when?

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