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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 2 Hansard (22 February) . .

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In relation to the answer to question on notice No 662, part (2), of the (a) 222 emergency ambulance shifts in 2015-16, (b) 303 emergency ambulance shifts in 2016-17 and (c) 115 emergency ambulance shifts in 2017-18 (to 6 December 2017), which fell below minimum crewing, (i) on what dates did this occur and (ii) were they during the day or night shift.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

There are two ambulance shifts per day (day shift / night shift), which equates to approximately 730 shifts per year. Providing a response to this question would require each shift since 1 July 2015 to be analysed. This will take a considerable amount of staff time and resources to answer, and unreasonably redirect ACT Emergency Service Agency personnel away from important functions. As such, I have determined it is not appropriate to provide a response to this question.

Environment—pesticides (Question No 914)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 16 February 2018:

(1) In relation to the Intergovernmental Agreement on AgVet Chemical Regulation and its impact on the regulation of pesticides in the ACT, which parts of the Agreement has the ACT Government actioned, not actioned, or will not action.

(2) What are the timelines of full implementation of the actionable elements of the Agreement.

(3) Has the ACT Government updated any legislation or codes to reflect the higher standards in the Agreement since the Agreement was signed.

(4) What have been the impacts of the implementation of the AgVet Code in the ACT pursuant to clause 5(b) of the Agreement.

(5) What processes and procedures has the ACT Government implemented to ensure that the Government is adhering to the updated code, particularly in relation to land management and city services.

(6) Has the ACT Government examined the impact on food security, community gardens, wild food crops and bees in the ACT as a result of the use of chemicals in land management in the ACT.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The ACT is supportive of all aspects of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Agvet Chemical Regulation and is an active participant on the current harmonisation reforms projects being progressed by the national Agvet Chemicals Task Group (ACTG) and associated working groups. Where appropriate, the ACT Government will implement the agreed actions of the Task Group when endorsed by relevant Ministers. The current harmonisation projects being progressed by ACTG relate directly to the implementation actions in the IGA. Agvet chemical use is regulated by the


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