Page 4808 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 1 November 2017

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MS LEE: Chief Minister, will a person who is or has been both the long-term CEO of an agency and director-general of a directorate be entitled to two separate severance payments under disallowable instrument 246?

MR BARR: I do not believe so, no.

MR COE: Minister, will you table details of every recipient of this new termination severance package?

MR BARR: The government does regularly report on executive contracts and if it is appropriate to do so and does not breach any privacy provisions then I have no problem with that. But I will take some advice in relation to that matter.

ACT Health—aluminium cladding

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, on 17 August 2017, you advised the Assembly:

I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that, in addition to these recent findings at the Centenary hospital, ACT Health has thoroughly investigated any other potential impacts across ACT Health facilities.

On 26 October, your colleague Mr Gentleman provided a report that “outlines that ACT Health has identified five additional buildings for further investigations and that there are other government buildings that do have ACPs”. Minister, how thorough was your directorate's first investigation?

MS FITZHARRIS: As I indicated and has been spoken about in the Assembly, the first investigation, Stage 1, was a comprehensive desktop audit. The findings of that desktop audit were tabled in the chamber last week. The desktop audit revealed that the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children contained a small proportion of the aluminium composite panels that contain a flammable core.

Subsequent to that, and in conjunction with a whole-of-government effort to then look further across all ACT government assets—beyond the desktop audit—an additional five buildings were identified as well as other buildings and assets that the government owns. I am very confident that ACT Health, as part of its own investigations and the whole-of-government investigations, is being extremely thorough on this matter. They have community safety and the safety of their staff at the forefront of their mind.

MS LAWDER: Minister, when did you first become aware that an additional five buildings in ACT Health had flammable cladding?

MS FITZHARRIS: I will take the specific date on notice, but it was at the completion of the second round of assessments done by ACT Health, following the first stage, which was the desktop audit.

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