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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (22 June) . . Page.. 2296..


MRS BURKE (continuing):

and so on; when are you going to make a decision on the tender? Is that process now in train?

MR WOOD: I think this is a repetition of what I said before. I have indicated that we are not prepared to accept either tender.

MRS BURKE: Have you retendered?

MR WOOD: No. We are about to do that.

Apples-fire blight

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Environment, Mr Stanhope. Minister, I have been approached by the Fire Blight Action Committee concerning their activities to draw attention to the spread of fire blight. What steps has the ACT government taken to guard against an outbreak of fire blight in the ACT?

MR STANHOPE: I will take the question on notice, Mr Speaker.

MRS DUNNE: I ask a supplementary question. I presume from that that the minister does not know what fire blight is.

MR SPEAKER: You cannot presume anything, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: I would ask him, when he takes this question-

MR SPEAKER: All you can presume is that he has taken it on notice.

MRS DUNNE: When he takes the question on notice, will he also inform us what representations he or any other arm of the ACT government has made to Biosecurity Australia to ensure that the ACT apple industry is protected from the risk of importing fire blight on apples from New Zealand?

MR SPEAKER: I call the Minister for Environment. I think I can predict what the answer is going to be.

MR STANHOPE: I will take that on notice, Mr Speaker.

Child protection

MS DUNDAS: My question is to the minister for children, youth and family services. On 2 June, the OCA indicated that they had ongoing concerns about two children in the ACT. They indicated that the concerns came from the lack of information provided in reports under section 162(2) of the Children and Young People Act and that the lack of information provided had led to the OCA's not being able to come to the conclusion that the children were safe. Minister, do you have a response to the concerns raised by the OCA? Can you confirm that all children subject to section 162 reports are safe?

MS GALLAGHER: Ms Dundas, the title of the portfolio is children, youth and family support. I have read Hansard in relation to the comments made by staff of the Office of


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