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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 October 2018) . . Page.. 4086 ..

ACT Health—workplace culture

MR HANSON: My question is to the minister for health. Minister, I refer to your ministerial statement of 23 October 2018. You stated:

In March 2018 when the Minister for Mental Health and I announced ACT Health would become two distinct organisations, we did so in an effort to change to improve the culture within the organisation.

Minister, you said nothing about this at the time or for the seven months since it occurred. Why is it that you have come up with this new rationalisation of the restructure of ACT Health seven months after you made the decision with no mention of cultural change at the time?

MS FITZHARRIS: I do not believe that Mr Hanson is correct. I have continuously spoken about organisational culture in ACT Health for some time and I believe that a thorough look at the records would attest to that. I certainly do recall discussing it at media events on the afternoon of 23 March.

MR HANSON: Minister, will you now table in the Assembly all the written evidence dating from before 15 March of this year supporting your claims that the restructure was about changing culture, by the close of business at the end of the sitting week?

MS FITZHARRIS: I believe what I have said in this place is on the record in Hansard. The opposition are free, of course, to read that. There were a number of matters which led the government to the decision to separate ACT Health into two organisations. Those issues have been extensively canvassed in this place and were certainly part of the accreditation draft report that we received in March, which I have spoken at length about in this place.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, how was taking the decision to restructure in March without consulting ACT Health staff consistent with improving the culture of the organisation?

MS FITZHARRIS: Staff within ACT Health expect ministers to take leadership positions, and that is exactly what I have done. I outlined extensively this morning the process in place since March to lead to the separation on 1 October.


MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Chief Minister. In the two years since the 2016 ACT election, how has government been delivering on its commitments to the Canberra community?

MR BARR: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question and all of my colleagues for their hard work over the past two years. It has been a busy couple of years. Whilst we have been getting on with the job, those opposite have continued to exhibit the sort of churlishness you would expect from those in opposition. I am sure members would

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