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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1950..


Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: One moment, Chief Minister. I have made my views clear. You are now on a warning, Mr Hanson, and very lucky you are still in the chamber. I have asked for the interjections to stop and I have indicated that I will be going straight to standing order 203 if things do not settle down in here. Chief Minister.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you. These are individual decisions that cannot be made in a blanket way. I have made mine in relation to the ethical issue that was presented to me. I cannot speak for other members.

Building—sustainable uses of materials

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development and relates to sustainable uses of materials for building. The Building Act 2004 requires the minister to make a new disallowable instrument setting out guidelines for the sustainable use of materials for building. Eight years later the sustainable materials regulation is still not listed on the legislation register. In October 2010 the government said ACTPLA was involved in research run by the Building Products Innovation Council. The Building Products Innovation Council released the results of its research in February 2011. Minister, do the long awaited ACT guidelines now exist?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Le Couteur for the question. I will need to take some advice from my directorate on that matter as I am not familiar with the specifics of the particular answer that Ms Le Couteur refers to in the context of her question.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary question.

MS LE COUTEUR: During the long wait for the guidelines—I think that would have to be true given the—

MR SPEAKER: The question, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Sorry. How is the government promoting the sustainable use of building materials in the ACT?

MR CORBELL: We undertake a range of measures to engage with industry when it comes to promotion of the understanding of the principles of sustainability in the development industry. Those efforts are ongoing.

MS BRESNAN: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, what have been the impacts on the sustainability of ACT buildings during the delay of the guidelines?


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