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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 1 Hansard (11 February) . .

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By remaining in houses, home owners are assuming a level of risk. However, as we know, it is not just owners who enter houses; it is friends and family, as well as service and care providers, our tradespeople, healthcare nurses and services such as meals delivery providers. It is for this reason that asbestos management plans are required. In the development of a plan, a licensed asbestos assessor undertakes an assessment of the property, including determining any pathways through which fibres could enter living areas, to reduce future exposure. Recommendations are then provided, and these are undertaken by a licensed asbestos removalist. The cost of this is borne by the home owner, noting that they are going against government advice by remaining in the houses. It is expected to be in the order of $1,500.

WorkSafe ACT are regulating the plans, and plans needed to be lodged by 1 February this year. For those owners not surrendering their properties through the buyback program by 30 June this year, recommended works then need to be undertaken within six months of the plan being developed, and plans are updated every two years.

Renewable energy—irregular payments

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management and relates to unauthorised payments. On Tuesday the opposition was provided with a briefing on the government amendments to the Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (No 2). The amendments were required to fix a government error whereby medium renewable energy generators were not eligible to be paid for the energy they returned to the grid. The government has admitted that payments were made to medium renewable energy generators since 2011 even though these payments were not legal. The opposition asked for information about the number of payments and the amount of money paid, but the government was unable to provide it. Minister, how many payments have been made to medium renewable energy generators in that period?

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister for planning, Mr Gentleman.

MR CORBELL: Thank you very much, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: You are not the minister for planning, Mr Corbell.

MR CORBELL: Whilst Minister Gentleman has carriage of that bill, these amendments relate to the renewable energy generator legislation that I have responsibility for under the administrative arrangements.

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order!

MR CORBELL: I do not have to answer the question, Madam Speaker but I am endeavouring to do my best.

Mr Hanson interjecting—


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