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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (8 June) . .

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MR BARR: Again I do not accept the assertion that there have been any, and no, there will not.

Asbestos—block remediation

MRS JONES: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. Yesterday in an answer to a question about why the remediated Mr Fluffy blocks do not come with a government assurance that all loose-fill asbestos has been removed you answered that the government is meeting all of its legal requirements. When asked whether there was any potential for the remediated blocks to still have loose-fill asbestos present, you answered:

I do not believe so ...

Minister, how is it that despite the money, complexity and distress of this scheme, you still cannot guarantee that properties will be free of loose-fill asbestos?

MR BARR: I refer the member to my answers yesterday.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, under your sale arrangements, do the new owners of remediated Mr Fluffy blocks take on any future legal responsibility for any remaining loose-fill asbestos that may be present?

MR BARR: I am not providing legal advice in this place.

MADAM SPEAKER: I do not think the question was seeking legal advice. Could you repeat your supplementary question?

MR BARR: I have answered the question, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: I suppose you have, yes; okay.

MR WALL: A supplementary.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, when selling the remediated Mr Fluffy blocks, is it being made clear at auction that the blocks may still contain traces of loose-fill asbestos?

MR BARR: Buyers are informed of the status of the blocks.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, why has the government backed away from the decision to clear the top layer of soil of impacted blocks?

MR BARR: It has not.


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