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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 1 August 2018) . . Page.. 2490 ..

I look forward to positive changes for housing affordability in the ACT. I thank my colleagues for their considerable patience in this process and their support.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Declaration of member’s interests

Statement by member

MS CODY (Murrumbidgee) (11.10), by leave: Last night in a speech I gave in this place I noted that I had declared all my interests. It has been brought to my attention when I checked last night that on my declaration of public interest there was an omission of the CPSU. That has now been rectified and has been included in my public interest disclosure.

Health system—bullying

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.11): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) recent media reports about bullying in the ACT health system, in both the public and private sectors;

(b) bullying has extended to patients, and their carers and families;

(c) claims that bullying has been the primary cause of mental health problems for people currently or formerly engaged in the ACT health system;

(d) some victims of bullying have committed, attempted or threatened suicide or other forms of self-harm, attributing bullying as the primary cause of their actions;

(e) the Minister for Health and Wellbeing has made public statements that the Government has zero tolerance to bullying and that there are safe and respectful pathways available to people wishing to complain about bullying;

(f) the Minister’s statements do not appear to bear out the reality;

(g) there are significant psychological risks to the community-at-large from the impact of bullying on victims and associated persons;

(h) mental health problems occurring as the result of bullying are preventable; and

(i) the cost of treating preventable mental health problems is a significant drain on the ACT Budget; and

(2) calls on the Executive to:

(a) by 31 August 2018, consult with the Opposition and the Crossbench on and finalise terms of reference and appointees for a board of inquiry under the Inquiries Act 1991 (the Act) to investigate bullying in the ACT health system; and

(b) during the September 2018 sitting period, table an instrument of appointment in accordance with section 5 of the Act.

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