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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, when was the elected body last briefed on the issue of asbestos at the bush healing farm site?

MR CORBELL: I would have to seek some further advice on particulars. But what I can say in general terms is that, following Mr Little's concerns being raised publicly, he was directly briefed. Also, the context around the consultative arrangements that are in place was outlined to him, to assist him with understanding how the Health Directorate is continuing, and has been from day one, to engage with a broad range of representatives of the Indigenous community here in the ACT as we progress this very important project for the Indigenous community.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, are you concerned that the presence of asbestos and potential restrictions on the use of the site could restrict the feeling of connection to country by future users?

MR CORBELL: No such concerns have been raised with me.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Has the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs been briefed about asbestos contamination at the site?

MR CORBELL: The project is the responsibility of the ACT Health Directorate. I am the responsible minister for the Health Directorate. Any such briefings are made to me as the responsible minister.

Mr Coe: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

Mr Coe: The question was not: who is responsible? The question was: has the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs been briefed on this issue?

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, on the—

MR CORBELL: Again, I refer Mr Coe to my earlier answer.

Roads—congestion

MS FITZHARRIS: My question is to the Minister for Roads and Parking. Minister, can you outline how the government is reducing congestion across the territory?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Fitzharris for her question. Integrated transport and land use planning is critical in servicing the ACT population and reducing congestion


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