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CFMEU on 22 January this year. Given the reported influence of the CFMEU in removing the previous Attorney-General, will you now give a full explanation as to the nature, purpose and outcome of that meeting?
MR RAMSAY: The meeting in January, along with my colleague Minister Stephen-Smith, was in relation to WorkSafe practices in the ACT.
MR WALL: Attorney, did you make any promises or undertakings of any sort to the secretary of the CFMEU, given the reported influence that that union had in removing your predecessor?
MR RAMSAY: No, I did not make any promises to the member in that meeting. It was an open meeting about WorkSafe practices in the ACT.
MR PARTON: Attorney, did the discussion with the secretary of the CFMEU include anything on the Tradies selling poker machines or the bid of the Canberra casino?
MR RAMSAY: No.
Trade unions—influence on government
MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. I refer to the meeting that you held on 14 March with representatives of United Voice, the Health Services Union, the Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation, UnionsACT and the Community and Public Sector Union. Minister, did any of the union representatives present at this meeting raise with you concerns about senior management of ACT Health?
MS FITZHARRIS: I certainly welcomed the opportunity to meet with a number of unions representing a significant proportion of the ACT health workforce which, as was discussed yesterday, of course, the opposition are very much behind, and I do welcome that. It was a great opportunity to talk to them about a number of issues. I do not recall specific mention of any individuals but I did discuss with them recent changes in ACT Health and discussed with them the welcome that they gave to changes that had previously been announced.
MRS DUNNE: Did any of the discussions held at this meeting on 14 March contribute to your decision to restructure the Health Directorate, which you and Mr Rattenbury announced on 23 March?
MS FITZHARRIS: No.
MISS C BURCH: Were any members of the union movement involved in the planning of the restructure?
MS FITZHARRIS: No.