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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 3 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 600..


Mr Stanhope: The Canberra Times got it right: "Moore hands 100 Totalcare jobs to Sydney."

MR MOORE: I will come back to Mr Stanhope's interjection, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: I hope not.

MR MOORE: Before I do I will point out that Housing is to debrief Totalcare on the contract this Thursday at 4.00 pm.

Mr Speaker, the silly headline that said that I had sent 100 jobs to Sydney was just simply nonsense. The work that was being done-the example I gave was of the tiles being put on-still has to be done. If Mr Stanhope thinks that a silly headline like that-by the way, it was quite a good story, actually-is going to be taken as a mantra, it just shows, Mr Speaker, how the people opposite operate totally on negativity and probably will continue to operate in total negativity.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker-

MR SPEAKER: Why are you standing? Do you have something to say?

Mr Berry: I was just going to raise a point of order, but you could not hear me.

MR SPEAKER: No, I could not, through the interjections from your colleagues.

Litter

MS TUCKER: My question is directed to the Minister for Urban Service, Mr Smyth. Minister, while many Canberrans were out on Sunday cleaning up the city on Clean Up Australia Day, one of your own waste contractors who should know better was creating its own litter problem. If you go to the BFI waste recycling centre at Hume today, although I notice that it is now called Pacific Waste Management, you will find that across the road from the plant are huge amounts of paper and plastic that have blown across the street and are now littering the open space there, including in a creek gully.

The proprietor of a business over the road from BFI which has to put up with this litter continually has regularly complained to BFI, which cleans up the litter occasionally but does not stop the problem. In fact, last weekend the litter got so bad that my constituent rang up the city rangers phone number to get some action but, ironically, was told that all the rangers were out doing things for Clean Up Australia Day, so they were too busy to address this litter problem. Minister, will you get BFI to clean up this litter problem immediately and consider taking action against it under the Litter Act?

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, the rangers are very busy. Having them out on Clean Up Australia Day was entirely appropriate, but we need to address problems as they arise. One of the things that are very important in keeping the city looking good is that we all take responsibility for the leases that we hold. Certainly, if there is a problem, Pacific Waste or BFI should be addressing it. One of the difficulties that we have had over recent times is with the inability or the force of law to do so, but it is very pleasing that


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