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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 10 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 4031..


Water—quality

(Question No 2187)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 19 August 2008:

(1) In relation to the response to question on notice No 2075, has the ACT Health Code of Practice been scrutinised by the Legislative Assembly;

(2) Is ACT Health doing research to assess the level of risk to health and the environment as a result of the water purification plant;

(3) Has ACT Health ever assessed the blood and urine of ACT citizens for chemical contamination;

(4) Has there ever been a waterborne disease outbreak in the ACT that has not been reported to the public, under the Epidemiological Studies (Confidentially) Act 1981.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The Drinking Water Code of Practice 2007 (DWCoP) was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on 8 March 2007. The Scrutiny of Bills committee made comments on the DWCoP in Scrutiny Report No. 40 (dated 30 April 2007).

(2) Yes. ACT Health continues to assess potential public health risks associated with the water purification plant.

(3) ACT Health has not done population studies concerning chemical contamination.

(4) No. The Epidemiological Studies (Confidentially) Act 1992 applies to epidemiological studies only, and not to disease outbreaks.

Libraries

(Question No 2188)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 19 August 2008:

What are the names of the stakeholders who reviewed the first draft of the Libraries Alive! Review of the ACT Government and Assembly Library and the ACT Heritage Library.

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

The first draft of the Libraries Alive! Report was reviewed by relevant senior staff from the ACT Library and Information Service including the Director, Programs and Online Services Manager and three Senior Librarians.


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