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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 4158..


The second application to which the Commission's annual report refers was for exemption from the law with respect to race discrimination. The exemption was sought to enable the applicant corporations to comply with the US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which impose contractual obligations to restrict employees' access to certain material on the basis of nationality or national origin. With the applicant's permission, the Commission invited submissions from stakeholders in relation to the exemption application. This application was still under consideration at the time of reporting but I understand that the Commission ultimately found that an exemption was not warranted.

Emergency Services Agency—business plan

(Question No 1770)

Dr Foskey asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 15 November 2007:

Further to the mention on page 281 of the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) annual report of the ACT Fire Brigade's development of a business plan to complement the ESA business plan, (a) what stage is this plan up to, (b) when is it expected to be finalised and (c) who is being consulted with in regard to this plan.

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

(1) (a) The final draft of the ACT Fire Brigade Business Plan 2007-2010 has been circulated to staff for comment. Comments on the plan were due on the 16th November 2007.

(b) The ACT Fire Brigade Business Plan is expected to be finalised through the Commissioner's Business Group on or around mid December 2007.

(c) Consultation commenced in mid 2007 and has included work place focus groups, consultation with the United Firefighters Union, the Community Fire Unit Consultative Committee and other relevant stakeholders from the Emergency Services Agency. A first draft and now a final draft have been forwarded to stakeholders for comment.

Policing—review

(Question No 1771)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 15 November 2007:

(1) In relation to the ACT Policing annual report 2006-07 and the Police Consultative Board, (a) what are the terms of reference for this review and (b) how and what members of the community are involved in this review;

(2) Further to the reference on page 117 of the annual report to drug testing of officers, (a) how many officers proved positive to a drug and (b) what were the drugs;

(3) What action did ACT Policing take as a result of these positive tests;


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