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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2438..


MS BURCH (continuing):

In this regard I would like to highlight the work of the ACT refugee, asylum seeker and humanitarian coordination committee, a joint government and community sector forum that meets regularly and plays an important role in advancing discussion, sharing information and contributing ideas for program design and policy development in the area of resettlement of asylum seekers and refugees.

The committee comprises representatives from service providers and volunteers involved in the resettlement of asylum seekers and refugees here in the ACT and in the surrounding region. More particularly, the committee plays an important role in assisting with the identification of emerging issues, facilitating the provision and exchange of information and contributing to the development of policy advice and program design to both the ACT government and the federal government. All members and the organisations they represent are the first port of call for those seeking resettlement services.

I look forward to continuing to strengthen our partnership with both community groups and the settlement service providers to ensure Canberra is indeed a place for refugees to call home.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Hospitals—waiting times

MS GALLAGHER: In response to Mr Seselja's question of earlier today, my office does not have any record of a patient Wainwright, so I am not sure if that-

Mr Seselja: I believe it was an error in the question; I believe it was Wentworth.

MS GALLAGHER: Okay. I will respond to that accordingly. Yesterday, I believe Mr Seselja may have asked me to table the information I had about the workforce culture survey, keeping details of it confidential. I have a document that Best Practice, who do the workplace culture survey for ACT Health, have agreed for me to table today. Therefore, I table the following paper:

Best Practice Australia Survey—Copy of letter from the Executive Director, Best Practice Australia.

Planning—hot-water heaters

MR BARR: Yesterday in question time Ms Le Couteur asked me about the government's commitment to introduce appropriate legislation for hot-water heaters in class 1 buildings by 1 May 2010 to be effective no later than 1 July 2010.

As I indicated yesterday in question time, the government has commenced introduction of an appropriate regulation for new and replacement hot-water heaters in class 1 buildings. And I was correct in my statement yesterday that the government did this through the water and sewerage regulation 2001 and this occurred on 3 May this year, because, as I understand it, 1 May was a Saturday.


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