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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (14 August) . . Page.. 2805 ..


the last decade. According to the minister, lack of public recycling facilities may well be one of the reasons why.

ACT Labor, according to its party platform, claims to support a comprehensive waste minimisation policy for all public places in the ACT. This should include the provision of recycling facilities for glass, plastic, paper and metals. The petition that I have tabled this morning shows that over 200 Canberra residents from the west Belconnen area agree with these sentiments and want to remind the government to live up to its clear commitment to provide recycling facilities in public places.

The Charnwood group centre is a busy suburban shopping precinct. It includes a supermarket, a chemist, a newsagency, a drycleaner, a hairdresser, a dentist, a medical centre, a veterinary clinic, a fitness centre, a martial arts school, a bottle shop, a cafe, two variety shops and several restaurants and takeaways. It also includes a branch of the Labor Club, with its restaurant and bar. This is a buzzing shopping centre.

On a recent Saturday I observed hundreds of Canberra families and other residents patronizing these many establishments. Many of them looked around in vain for a bin where they could place recyclable items. As I have mentioned already, they had a choice of no fewer than nine rubbish bins but not a single receptacle in which to dispose of their recyclables. Instead they were forced to put paper, plastics, aluminium cans and glass bottles into the rubbish, which meant it all ended up needlessly going into landfill.

This government can stop this from happening by simply providing recycling bins. The good residents of west Belconnen are not asking for much in this petition. They want to be able to do their part to help the territory reach its goal of reducing waste to landfill, especially when they know that this waste can easily be recycled. They want their current government to provide the very basic facilities that people expect to find in well-maintained public places—something so basic, yet it enables people to choose and to care for our environment. I thank the residents of west Belconnen for this petition. On behalf of these residents, I commend this petition with its 207 signatures.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 20

MS LEE (Kurrajong) (10.24): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 20, dated 7 August 2018, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MS LEE: Scrutiny report 20 contains the committee's comments on 121 pieces of subordinate legislation, three regulatory impact statements and three government


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