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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 13 August 2015) . . Page.. 2855 ..

roadside drug testing, that refused to have random roadside drug testing in this town, and we had to get the support of the Greens to enact it whilst Mr Corbell and others said no to random roadside drug testing. And what do we see? Now they are out there all the time saying what a success it is because it is saving lives. The number of people who have been tested and proved positive is extraordinarily high and is an effective deterrent.

On almost every measure what we see is the community calling for something, the opposition engaging, consulting, listening, calling for action and this government dragging its heels. And I call on you again to enact a domestic violence court, enact the bikie legislation, provide extra protections for our police and restore their funding. (Time expired.)

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.31 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Health Directorate—audit report

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, in the Integrity of data in the Health Directorate report released by the Auditor-General on 19 June this year, she says certain data integrity is “inadequate”, governance arrangements “need to be strengthened”, the quality of certain data “requires urgent attention” and the “Health Directorate does not have accurate information to plan, manage and report on non-admitted hospital services”. The auditor’s report identified “around $2 million to $3 million being underclaimed”. The Health Directorate’s response to the loss of money is that the impact was “relatively minor”. Minister, how do you justify the Health Directorate’s view that losing $2 million to $3 million of taxpayers’ money is “relatively minor”?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Hanson for his question. The first point to make is that ACT Health’s response is appropriate because the Auditor-General concluded that, when it came to data management for admitted services, she considered all of the data management procedures to be adequate. She did find that in relation to unadmitted matters there were some deficiencies.

What the report also concludes is that in relation to the $3 million of unclaimed services, of course, ACT Health indicated to the Auditor-General that that money could be claimed at the next reporting period to the relevant commonwealth authorities and that there would be no material loss by ACT Health. So that is why we are able to say very clearly that, first of all, when it comes to admitted services, the data management is adequate, and when it is in relation to unadmitted services, the error has been detected and the money is able to be claimed with no material loss to the territory. I think that is a very reasonable position for the Health Directorate to take.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

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