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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 4485..


client and whether the client has contacted Centrelink. However, Centrelink will not divulge any additional information without the prior consent of the client;

The Australian Taxation Office will only release information to police by warrant;

Banks and financial institutions will only release information to police by warrant; and

The ACT Roads & Traffic Authority (RTA) Motor Registry database can be accessed directly by ACT Police Missing Persons.

(2) Information can for the most part be obtained during the course of an investigation into a criminal offence. It is not an offence to go missing however, if the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the missing person are suspicious or if there are grave fears for that person's safety, there may be an allegation of criminality and information can then be obtained.

(3) Police can obtain information from ACT Births, Marriages & Deed Poll, ACT Land Titles, ACT Rental Bonds, ACT Housing, ACT RTA Motor Registry and ACTEWAGL. Information is requested from these agencies on behalf of interstate police services who are conducting enquiries on behalf of the Coroner of the particular state in order to determine the current status of the missing person.

(4) See response to question 3.

Waste disposal

(Question No 1738)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 5 August 2004:

(1) Why did the number of tonnes of waste to landfill exceed the Government's target of 200 000 tonnes by 8 390 tonnes as outlined in the June 2004 Outputs Progress Report, Urban Services, Municipal Services Output Class 1.3, Waste and Recycling;

(2) Can it be determined whether the 200 000 tonne target of waste to landfill was not achieved due mainly to excessive disposal of commercial or non-commercial waste; if so, which of these is the cause;

(3) How will the Government achieve its goal of No Waste by 2010 when more waste is going to landfill.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The waste to landfill target was exceeded for 2003/04 due to continued increases in the total waste generation.

(2) Waste generation has increased in the ACT because of continuing growth in both the residential and commercial sectors. In addition, the commercial sector has not yet achieved the reductions in waste disposal or increases in the use of recycling that had been envisaged.


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