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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 9 Hansard (12 August) . .

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Asbestos—worker safety

MR DOSZPOT: Chief Minister, on 3 May 2015 the Canberra Times reported that amosite asbestos was found in government files and that hundreds of thousands of files have now been quarantined for months. What level of potential amosite contamination is included in this reported discovery?

MR BARR: I am aware, as I understand it, that at the time of the first attempt at cleaning up the Mr Fluffy properties some samples of loose-fill asbestos were attached to files and stored in some form of container or plastic envelope in relation to some of these files. That is my understanding of the nature of the issue. When these files were accessed in the context of recent issues associated with Mr Fluffy these samples were found and appropriate measures were put in place.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, in how many buildings were the files stored at Fyshwick, how were the files transported to Mitchell and how many locations at Mitchell received these files?

MR BARR: I do not have that information in front of me, and I will seek access to that information and update the Assembly in due course.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what quarantine measures were taken at these locations and during the transportation of these files?

MR BARR: The appropriate measures as would be required under legislation.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, will these files be retrievable in any form, and are there relevant copies for the documents?

MR BARR: I understand that is the case in relation to most, but I will seek clarification as to whether that is the case with all files.

Community services—Dropping off the edge report

MS FITZHARRIS: My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Minister, the recently released Dropping off the edge report shows the suburbs with greatest disadvantage across Australia, including here in the ACT. How is the government shaping the community services system to respond to these areas of highest need?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Fitzharris for the question. The Dropping off the edge report released last month reminds us all of different communities across the country and about some people who are doing it very tough. Across 13 indicators of disadvantage


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