Page 3686 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 18 September 2018

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MRS DUNNE: Minister, what submissions have you received about the importance of the inquiry report being publicly released, and released in full?

MS FITZHARRIS: I have given a public commitment to make sure that the final report is made public. Of course, I am taking advice on the issue that everyone involved in this discussion believes is vital, that is, protecting particular individuals who come forward who wish to tell their story.

ACT Health—workplace culture

MR PARTON: My question is to the minister for health. I refer to comments made by the ACT president of the AMA, Dr Antonio Di Dio, in the media of 17 September 2018. Dr Di Dio said:

My grave concern is if there is no open inquiry then we are much less likely to get any meaningful data and the exercise may potentially end up like the one we had in 2010, as an unpublished report and fundamentally a waste of time.

Minister, will you table in the Assembly all past reports that the government has received on health culture over the past 10 years within three sitting days?

MS FITZHARRIS: I will take that question on notice.

MR PARTON: Minister, how many of the recommendations of past reports have been implemented?

MS FITZHARRIS: I will take the question on notice.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what guarantees will you give that the final report of the inquiry into ACT Health culture will be made public in full?

MS FITZHARRIS: I refer Mrs Dunne to my previous answer.

ACT Health—workplace culture

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. On 31 July you stated that calls for an inquiry under the Inquiries Act were “a political stunt”. You went on to claim that even a lower level inquiry into ACT Health staff culture was “not warranted”. On 10 September you changed your position, announcing an inquiry into ACT Health. Why didn’t you support an inquiry on 31 July, given that serious problems with the culture of ACT Health were already apparent?

MS FITZHARRIS: I do not believe that a board of inquiry is warranted. I have explained that on a number of occasions. As I have previously stated, I announced last week an independent review.

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