Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 28 March 2017) . . Page.. 1155 ..
ACT Health data
Debate resumed from 22 March 2017, on motion by Mrs Dunne:
That, in accordance with standing order 213A(1), the Minister for Health table, by close of business today:
(1) the letter from the Director-General of the Health Directorate to the Auditor-General about health data issues of 8 September 2016; and
(2) any briefing to the former Minister for Health and the Minister for Health about this letter and the associated data issues.
MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (3.31): As I have already spoken on this matter, I need leave to speak again to move an amendment to the motion.
MRS DUNNE: I move the amendment circulated in my name:
Omit all words after “table”, substitute:
“(1) the letter from the Director-General of the Health Directorate to the Auditor-General about health data issues of 8 September 2016; and
(2) any briefing to the former Minister for Health, or the current Minister for Health, about the letter of 8 September 2016 from the Director-General of the Health Directorate to the Auditor-General and the associated data issues.”.
This puts the motion in a neater format than it was last Wednesday, when it was handwritten. It remains substantially the same except that the original motion asked that the matters be tabled by close of business. It is unnecessary in relation to standing order 213A because there is already a whole process in 213A on the timing of tabling of documents and I think it is easier for us all to just rely upon the standing orders to do the work for us rather than reinventing the wheel.
I spoke about this matter the other day. In calling for the tabling of these documents I think it is important for the Assembly and the community to get a feel for what is happening in the Health Directorate in relation to health data because it has been an ongoing scenario. I have had some discussions with the health minister about the tabling of this document and I understand that she is broadly in agreement with tabling some of it. There are other issues in relation to confidentiality, but the standing orders allow for that to be sorted out. I commend the amendment and the motion to the Assembly.
MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research) (3.33): I note the amended motion from Mrs Dunne seeks a copy of the letter from the Director-General of the Health Directorate to the ACT Auditor-General dated 8 September and any briefing to the former Minister for Health or me about this letter. I understand that