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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 12 Hansard (30 October) . .

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MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health, Minister for Higher Education and Minister for Regional Development): For the information of members, I wish to table the brave stories from the Fluffy Owners and Residents Action Group's first group impact statement. I present the following paper:

Fluffy Owners and Residents' Action Group—First Group Impact Statement—Hope in grief: confronting Mr Fluffy's toxic legacy in Canberra and Queanbeyan, dated October 2014.

Canberra Connect

Statement by minister

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Corrective Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for Sport and Recreation) (10.26): I present the following paper:

Canberra Connect Emergency Response Capability—Statement by Minister.

Madam Speaker, do we wish to have a short break or should we proceed with business?

MADAM SPEAKER: I am entirely in the hands of the Assembly.

MR RATTENBURY: Members, I believe we should take a short break at the Speaker's request.

MADAM SPEAKER: The Assembly will suspend until the ringing of the bells.

At 10.27 am, the sitting was suspended until the ringing of the bells.

The bells having been rung, Madam Speaker resumed the chair at 10.34 am.

MR RATTENBURY: Thank you, Madam Speaker, for that brief adjournment. I have just presented a copy of the statement. I now move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Canberra Connect plays a key role in the territory's response to emergencies. Its capabilities and responsiveness to emergency situations are continuously improved, and as we are at the start of our bushfire and storm season, it is timely to reflect on the state of Canberra Connect's preparations.

Canberra Connect's emergency response role was first tested in 2003 as the city responded with the effects of the bushfires that raged. At that time Canberra Connect was only recently formed, and its call centre and online capabilities became a key part of the public information backbone to the response, both operating 24/7.

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