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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 14 February 2017) . . Page.. 373 ..


Questions without notice

ACT Health—reporting accuracy

MR COE: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, is the data contained in the 2015-16 annual report for the Health Directorate accurate?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mr Coe for his question. As I said in my statement this morning, this is a serious issue that I take very seriously. I have asked for a system-wide review of all processes to do with ACT Health data and reporting. I will not only have the certainty after this process is finished that all health data can be verified and are accurate in the future but we will also be undertaking a process to look at 2015-16 data. With the assurance processes that were provided to the directorate in November last year, which also informed the processes of assurance support in the 2015-16 annual report, and as this process takes place, the annual report will be verified. I look forward to further questions in the annual report hearings next month.

MR COE: Minister, at the time of tabling the annual report, were you confident about the data it contained?

MS FITZHARRIS: Yes, I was.

MRS DUNNE: Why did you not explain to the Assembly, given your admissions today, that there were problems contained in the annual report data?

MS FITZHARRIS: As I stated in my previous answer, at the time of tabling I did have assurances on the data provided in the 2015-16 annual report. On my return from leave last Monday I was made further aware of further issues in health data within ACT Health and have subsequently spent the last week in discussions with my directorate and providing them direction on the system-wide review which I have announced today.

Budget—update

MR PETTERSSON: Chief Minister, can you inform the Assembly of how the government is getting on with the job of delivering its election commitments through last week’s budget update?

MR BARR: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question and for his support, and indeed that of all of my colleagues, in the delivery of our election commitments. Last week’s budget update demonstrated that we are getting on with the job of implementing those commitments that we took to the October election.

We are already getting stage 2 of light rail underway by delivering the funding to start scoping and design works. Over the course of the parliamentary term that work will progress. Whilst we will still be at a point in a few years’ time to enter into the contractual arrangements of stage 2 of light rail, there still exists an opportunity for those opposite to have a third crack at running a negative campaign against public


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