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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 5 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1477..


... the loose-fill asbestos removal program did not guarantee removal of all asbestos, just what was visible and accessible, and this information had been provided to householders repeatedly over the past two decades.

Minister, did these notices specifically advise home owners of the fact that their homes could still have asbestos?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Doszpot for the question. The advice repeatedly provided by government agencies and the government itself to householders involved in the loose-fill asbestos removal program was that asbestos may still be present in those homes. That information has been consistently provided.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, when was the last time a similar notice was mailed out to home owners prior to the notice that was sent out to Mr Fluffy home owners this year?

MR CORBELL: In 2005.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, how many representations has the government received from affected home owners since issuing the notice this year?

MR CORBELL: I am not clear what Mr Smyth means by representations, but in terms of inquiries or contacts, it would be over 100. The government has established a hotline process to field those calls and to provide answers. It would be over 100, but I would have to get the exact number, so I will take that question on notice.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, when will the next Mr Fluffy notification be issued?

MR CORBELL: The government will continue to provide up-to-date information to householders wherever it is appropriate to do so. The government will continue on that course of action.

Women—services

MS BERRY: My question is to the Minister for Women. Minister, could you update the Assembly on how the government continues to support women in the ACT?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Berry for her question. The ACT government is committed to supporting women and empowering women and girls in the ACT. The 2013 progress report on the women's plan describes the government's substantial investments in services and programs for ACT women and girls, both targeted and


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