Page 3787 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 19 September 2018

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testing came back positive on Wednesday and appropriate action was taken: a perfect response, according to the Work Safety Commissioner. I am not sure what more could have been done other than a perfect response, as stated by the Work Safety Commissioner.

MR WALL: Minister, did the establishment of the central communication team in any way delay information flowing to staff, teachers or parents at Harrison School?

MS BERRY: No, because the school and the Education Directorate and others involved took the time to make sure that important information and clarity were provided to the school community in an appropriate way rather than via a media stand-up outside the Assembly.

MS LEE: Minister, will you now provide the opposition with a briefing on the issue of asbestos in schools and, if so, when?

MS BERRY: Yes, I refer the member to my statement of yesterday which provided considerable information to the Assembly on the situation at Harrison. I also referred yesterday to information I have provided to the opposition on asbestos in other schools in the ACT community. It is not something I would want to keep away.

Opposition members interjecting

MS BERRY: On the issue of stealth, a public comment here in the Assembly that is widely broadcast over the internet is hardly a secret or a stealthy comment made by the government on how it is addressing asbestos issues—

Opposition members interjecting

MS BERRY: Yelling across the chamber is not a helpful situation when I am trying to answer a question. I am doing my very best.

Mr Coe interjecting


MS BERRY: When there is more information available on the remediation, which I am sure the opposition are interested in, I will be happy to provide that information.

ACT Health—leadership

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. I refer to the sudden resignation of the CEO designate of the Canberra Hospital and Health Services three days after her appointment was announced on 3 September 2018. Minister, did you meet with the CEO designate during her time in Canberra? If so, what discussions did you have with her about her strategy to manage the ACT’s hospital system?

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