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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 4142..


Emergency services—fire safety

(Question No 1729)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 17 October 2007:

Are there any services or agencies which assist with fire safety (e.g. garden and house maintenance) for the elderly or for people with disabilities.

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

(1) There are no specific agencies or services within my portfolio that specifically provide garden or household maintenance as these are provided by commercial providers. The ACT Fire Brigade will install smoke detectors for pensioners or persons with a disability if they call their local fire station, however I will point out that the ACT Fire Brigade does not supply the smoke alarms. Additionally, there are special circumstances in which local volunteer brigades or community groups may be able to assist individuals if and when they become aware of them.

In general the services Dr Foskey is referring to would be provided by the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services. I have taken advice from Disability, Housing and Community Services and am advised that the properties provided to house people with disabilities within the ACT are Housing ACT properties, and are therefore, fully maintained under maintenance plans.

Policing—Burmese embassy rally

(Question No 1730)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 17 October 2007:

(1) Were the police officers at the rally at the Burmese embassy on Friday, 28 September costed to the Commonwealth or the ACT;

(2) Were any of the police officers at the rally members of the NSW police force.

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

(1) Police presence at this rally will be charged to the Commonwealth.

(2) No.

Education—truancy laws

(Question No 1732)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 17 October 2007:

(1) What are the current truancy laws for the ACT;


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