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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 9 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 3208..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

To the extent that there is a ray of light on the horizon in relation to this unfortunate issue, Thiess, I understand, from a briefing that I received towards the end of last week, will be managing itself; it will not be contracting out, the Mitchell facility; and Thiess intends that the Thiess facility will be fully operational as soon as possible. I was given some indication that that may be as early as this weekend, but the Mitchell recycling and re-usables facility will be fully operational, hopefully, from this weekend. This is good news. In relation to Mugga, I understand that there will be a more significant delay than what has occurred at Mitchell and that there will be a tender process that we anticipate could take between two and three months. In the context of materials that are currently being deposited and are re-usable and recyclable, the position is that they will not be taken to landfill.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary question?

MS LE COUTEUR: Thank you. We have been informed by Aussie Junk that their staff were required to deal with hazardous material such as paint as part of the Mugga Lane contract. We have also been informed that they did not have a hazardous waste licence. Can you confirm whether or not they did require a licence and, if they did require a licence, did they in fact have one? How did they deal with it unlicensed if they did not?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Ms Le Couteur. I do not know that detail of the licence arrangements that were in place at Mugga as they affected Aussie Junk and its operations, but I am more than happy to take the question on notice. I can say, however, Ms Le Couteur, that it has never been drawn to my attention, nor have I ever been briefed, that Aussie Junk was not acting consistent with its obligations in relation to hazardous materials or that it was exposing its employees at Mugga Lane inappropriately to hazardous materials. It is not a matter that has ever been drawn to my attention; it is not a matter on which I have been briefed. But I will, of course, in light of your question, be more than happy to take advice and respond directly to you.

Gaming—sale of Labor clubs

MR COE: My question is to the Treasurer and relates to a potential breach of the gaming act over the sale of the Labor Club Group. Treasurer, were you, any of your staff or your representatives involved at any level in influencing or directing the sale or withdrawal of sale of the Canberra Labor Club Group? If so, who, and in what manner were they involved?

MS GALLAGHER: No.

Gaming—sale of Labor clubs

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to Minister Barr and relates to the potential breach of the gaming act over the sale of the Labor Club Group. Minister, were you, any of your staff or your representatives involved at any level in influencing or directing the sale or withdrawal of sale of the Canberra Labor Club Group? If so, who; and in what manner were they involved?


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