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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 12 Hansard (26 October) . . Page.. 5021..


MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what are you doing to assure yourself and what assurances can you provide to the ACT community that Care and Protection Services prioritise the best interests of the child over bureaucratic processes?

MS BURCH: I will give a guarantee that each and every worker over in 11 Moore Street does their best for the children.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what are you doing to assure yourself and what assurances can you provide to the ACT community that bureaucratic record keeping is fulsome and factual and that the people engaged in the care and protection system can get appropriate and ready access to relevant records in relation to them?

MS BURCH: I think I have responded to this broadly and specifically in a number of questions. The care and protection system here is under pressure, but I know that each and every worker over there does their best. As I have said, we have a different response rate. On the same-day rate we were meeting 99 per cent of responses.

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, my question was about record keeping and access to records. I would ask the minister to come to the question.

MR SPEAKER: Minister, focus on the question that Mrs Dunne asked, thank you.

MS BURCH: Well, record keeping to me indicates that 99 per cent of the reports that come in that meet the statutory threshold for a same-day requirement are met.

Public housing—energy and water efficiency

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the minister for housing and is in relation to modelling that has been undertaken by the government on the estimated cost of bringing public housing stock up to an energy efficiency rating of 3. Minister, on Tuesday last week the Attorney-General indicated that the figures he relied on to publicly state in the Canberra Times that it would cost more than $200 million over five years to upgrade public housing properties to a three-star energy standard were provided by your department. On Wednesday last week the Chief Minister indicated that the data relied on by the attorney would be released publicly when cabinet had made a decision on the bill. Minister, will you now table that data the attorney relied on to brief the Canberra Times, given that, according to the summary of cabinet outcomes on the ACT government website, cabinet considered the bill on 19 September?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Bresnan for her question. We have taken some advice from the department about the cost of upgrading when we discussed this bill. It has been


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