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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 4 Hansard (25 March) . . Page.. 1550..


MR SPEAKER: There is no standing order covering the mouthing of words across the chamber and, Mr Hanson, you are very close to being warned for frivolous use of points of order. Given that you have already been warned, in fact, you are coming close to forcing me to use standing order 203. Ms Burch, you have the floor.

MS BURCH: Thank you. I have been trying to get through an answer on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in residence in Bimberi and they are showing absolutely no interest whatsoever, which reflects, I think, their general sentiment for our vulnerable in the community.

This officer also participates in meetings with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to ensure that the management and planning of programs and activities within Bimberi are culturally appropriate. An example of this was the program that this officer coordinated for NAIDOC week and the officer's participation in meetings and regular contact with Aboriginal and Islander organisations. Links between Bimberi and organisations have resulted in a weekly art program for Bimberi clients with Indigenous artist Dale Huddleston and also a healing arts program will commence in term 2.

In relation to Mr Coe's questions about the separation of young people subject to committal or remand, young people are separated according to their legal status, remand or sentence, gender and age. However, a number of factors need to be balanced in making decisions about a young person's placement that are in their best interest. This is exercised on a daily basis in accordance with Children and Young People Act 2008 and the admission and classifications policy and procedures.

In relation to the present population, the figures I used yesterday were at 19 March. If Mr Coe has an interest I can provide information for 24 March. There were 23 young people on remand of which nine were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Seven were sentenced, of which three were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Environment—energy efficiency

MR CORBELL: Yesterday Ms Le Couteur asked me for some examples of energy saving costs or carbon dioxide savings that have been calculated as a result of government programs and I undertook to provide some further advice to Ms Le Couteur. I can highlight that, for example, through the mandating of green power as the first choice to all new electricity customers, 1.19 per cent of all electricity use in the ACT is green power, with an annual abatement of 35,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year.

The government's energy efficient street light replacement, under action 13 of weathering the change, saw a saving of 3,016 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per annum in 2008-09. In relation to home energy improvement measures, whilst we are unable to provide a full assessment of the impact because of the diversity of measures that are employed at a household level, we rely, firstly, on the greenhouse gas inventory, which outlines greenhouse gas emissions by sector. Secondly, we do know the


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