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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 12 Hansard (26 October) . . Page.. 5025..


MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, how did the government determine this was the highest priority for extra work on waste, given the higher volume in organics and the toxics from compact fluoros and batteries?

MR CORBELL: This was an election commitment, Mr Speaker.

DR BOURKE: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Dr Bourke.

Opposition members interjecting

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! Dr Bourke has the floor, thank you.

DR BOURKE: Could the minister advise the Assembly what has been the—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, order! Dr Bourke has the floor.

DR BOURKE: Could the minister advise the Assembly what has been the community feedback on the trial?

MR CORBELL: We are certainly receiving very positive feedback from many people in the community. Certainly Tiny's Green Shed, which is providing the service, is giving us good feedback that people are increasingly taking it up. As members will know, it is often the case that items that have been unwanted for a long time and have been causing great inconvenience to owners are often those ordinary matters that make the most difference when you can see them resolved. So we are working very closely with Tiny's, getting, as I mentioned previously, good feedback from pensioners and others about the desirability of the service, and we will be taking those issues into account as we move forward with our decisions about whether the trial should be continued.

Children and young people—care and protection

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Community Services, who is considered by many to be the worst performing minister in the country and who has failed to look after the vulnerable children in the ACT. Minister, over the past few years what has been the trend in child protection reports? Have they been increasing or decreasing?

MS BURCH: In response to that question, I would just say that there are many in the community that think Mr Hanson is probably the most arrogant man in this place.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, the last time Minister Burch rose to her feet you called her to order and asked her to answer the question. I think that she has overstepped the mark again.


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