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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 3 Hansard (9 March) . .

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Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Asbestos eradication program

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (4.50): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) on 14 December 2014 the Assembly Standing Committee on Public Accounts unanimously recommended that an ACT board of inquiry be constituted, pursuant to the Inquiries Act, to investigate the full history of the Mr Fluffy legacy and report by 1 March 2016; and

(b) the ACT Government has failed to establish any inquiry to date; and

(2) calls on the Chief Minister to immediately establish a board of inquiry (BoI) into the Mr Fluffy legacy. The BoI will:

(a) be conducted by a retired Judge or Magistrate;

(b) be established by 30 March 2016;

(c) invite written submissions;

(d) have public hearings;

(e) notwithstanding the provisions of the Inquiries Act, provide an interim report which is made public within six months;

(f) provide a full report within 18 months; and

(g) have the following terms of reference: For the period 1989-2016, inquire and report on:

(i) the adequacy and effectiveness of loose-fill asbestos management regimes in the ACT;

(ii) all official reports and enquiries into asbestos within the ACT, their outcomes and the effectiveness of implementation of any recommendations;

(iii) the management regime which resulted in ACT homeowners remaining ignorant of the dangers of loose-fill asbestos and in some cases to proceed with home modifications unaware of dangers present;

(iv) the process by which the seriousness of the danger posed by loose-fill asbestos was discovered, how that information was managed and the decisions which eventually resulted in the ACT buyback scheme;

(v) the ACT Loose Fill Asbestos Insulation Eradication Scheme;


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