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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 7 Hansard (6 August) . .

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In closing, we cannot support Mr Barr's cosmetic alterations to the motion—his amendment to the motion—and we certainly commend the motion that we put before this Assembly as is. We ask Mr Rattenbury to consider supporting what the motion stands for and what the community is asking for.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourka Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Gallagher Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Noes 8: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Asbestos—loose-fill insulation

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (11.23): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) between 1988-1993, the Commonwealth inspected approximately 65 000 Canberra homes for the presence of loose-fill asbestos and identified 1049 had loose-fill asbestos insulation sprayed into ceilings by a building operator called Mr Fluffy;

(b) in a $100 million program, the Commonwealth removed loose-fill asbestos from the ceiling cavity of the identified Mr Fluffy houses;

(c) it was believed at the time that the remedial action taken by the Commonwealth had removed any potential future health impact from loose-fill asbestos installed by Mr Fluffy;

(d) it is now known that some Mr Fluffy homes were not identified and not remediated in the 1990s;

(e) it is now known that asbestos fibres are still in the wall cavities and sub-floors of a number of remediated properties and, in some cases, have been detected in living spaces, on furniture and on clothes;

(f) ACT WorkSafe have issued prohibition notices meaning some families have been forced out of their homes immediately and indefinitely;


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