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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 5949..


generated because of the high levels of consumption associated with relatively high levels of disposable income.

The range of strategies that have been identified involve some of the technologies I was referring to earlier: new materials recovery facilities for both waste from the commercial sector and wet wastes or organic wastes. Energy-to-waste technologies are certainly a possibility as well, and that is both anaerobic digestion technologies and pyrolysis technologies. The development, for example, of by-products such as bio-chaff are identified in the strategy. There is significant potential, we believe, to explore conversion of certain waste streams to bio-chaff for sale as an agricultural product to improve the productivity of agricultural soils.

Another option is the development of synthetic fuels that can be used and sold into the market as a replacement for fossil fuels for certain types of production processes, such as fuels for cement processing and so on. There are real opportunities identified in the strategy. I would like to commend the work of my department in putting this together, and I hope that all Canberrans have their say.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—capacity

MR HANSON: My question is to the minister for corrections. Minister, yesterday in question time you stood by your statement from the 2007 estimates hearings that, and I quote:

The projected planning for the prison in terms of population gives us real capacity to accommodate growth into the future and certainly gives us a facility in terms of its current bedding configuration, as currently being constructed—not its potential but its current bedding configuration—to meet our needs over the next 25 years or so.

Minister, if this statement is true—as you claimed it was yesterday—why is it that you also admitted yesterday that the AMC is being retrofitted with bunk beds because of impending capacity constraints?

Ms Gallagher: They still don't get it.

MR CORBELL: They still don't get it, Mr Speaker. I refer the member to my previous answer yesterday in relation to that matter. I would also draw to the member's attention the fact that, of course, if we had Mr Hanson running the prison here in the ACT it would be full now because he would have imported hundreds of New South Wales prisoners. Indeed, I draw to Mr Hanson's attention the media statement that he issued on 25 May last year in which he said—

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker—

MR CORBELL: "I find it remarkable that seven months since the opening of the prison—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Minister Corbell, sit down, thank you. On a point of order, Mr Smyth.


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