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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 12 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 4870..


studies, the government renegotiated the contract entered into by the ESA with the airport, to ensure that we were able to deliver a modern and up-to-date Emergency Services facility that met the ESA's needs, and I am very pleased to say that that is what has been delivered.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, why did you and your government ignore the conclusions of the Wilde and Woollard report on the proposal to relocate the Emergency Services Agency's functions at Fairbairn?

MR CORBELL: I think Mr Seselja is misconstruing the nature of that report. That report was not per se about the physical location but about the buildings proposed to be used for the headquarters. The government did not ignore the report. In fact, the government acted on the report and took appropriate steps to ensure that we did get purpose-built, up-to-date facilities for our emergency services, facilities that are now operating extremely well and will serve our emergency services for many years to come.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, why did you and your government ignore the conclusions in the report from HBO+EMTB on the proposal to relocate the Emergency Services Agency's functions at Fairbairn?

MR CORBELL: The government did not ignore the report, and I refer Mr Smyth to my previous answer.

MR SMYTH: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, why did you and your government decide not to co-locate all the ESA's functions at Fairbairn?

MR CORBELL: It was determined that a range of training functions were not suitable for Fairbairn; in particular, training functions that relate to training which may generate amounts of smoke were deemed not to be suitable to occur on the airport precinct.

Children and young people—care and protection

MS HUNTER: My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Minister, during estimates hearings in May 2010 Ms Megan Mitchell, who was then the Executive Director of the Office for Children, Youth and Family Support, stated:


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