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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 1 Hansard (15 February) . . Page.. 180..


the Prime Minister's office that led to the incitement of a protest that threatened the security of the Prime Minister?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for his question. I do not think it is appropriate to name the members of my office as they are doing their work.

MR HARGREAVES: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Minister, is the person referred to by those opposite in fact employed in your office solely in the capacity as an adviser to you as the minister?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for his question. Absolutely, yes.

Government—environmental performance reporting

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development and concerns an October 2010 report from the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, entitled Report on an audit/assessment of ACT government agencies' environmental performance reporting and the Commissioner for the Environment Act 1993. Minister, given that there is currently no response time frame written into the act regarding a report of this nature, can you advise if and when the government intends to respond to this report?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Bresnan for the question. The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, at my direction, is currently giving close consideration to and is involved in the preparation of a government response to that report. As soon as that response has been agreed to by the government as a whole, it will be released.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, given that you are legally required to table reports provided by the commission within 15 days of having received them, can you advise what the agreed conventions were that led to the tabling of this report in the Assembly being delayed by over 12 months?

MR CORBELL: My understanding is that the tabling time frame only applies in relation to certain reports and not other reports. Nevertheless, I will seek further advice from the directorate on this matter, and I am happy to provide further information to the member.

MS LE COUTEUR: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, can you advise on the current status of the government's target to have all resource management plans finalised by government


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