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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 10 Hansard (20 September) . . Page.. 3927 ..


through CIT, and other redevelopment opportunities. For example, the territory's kerbside collection contractor, Suez, has extended an invitation to interested and suitably qualified operators to apply to join its workforce.

Mr Wall: Good way to boost the economy: take a small business and give them a job as an employee.

MADAM SPEAKER: Have you quite finished, Mr Wall?

Mr Wall: I've got more to say but I don't think it's the time.

MADAM SPEAKER: You will find yourself out the door though.

Environment—plastic straws

MS LEE: My question is to the minister for the environment. Minister, what effort has Actsmart made to ensure that viable and appropriate alternatives to plastic straws are part of the straws suck campaign so that people with disabilities are not disadvantaged?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Lee for her question. Of course, the environment is a very important topic for all of the ACT. When we look at the discussion of yesterday, we see the difference between this side of the chamber and that side of the chamber with regard to supporting the environment. Actsmart does a fantastic job in talking to Canberrans about the best way to support environmental issues and provide a long and strong environmental—

Ms Lee: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, resume your seat. Stop the clock.

Ms Lee: I have been listening and the minister has not even started to touch on the question. Can you please direct that he be relevant.

MADAM SPEAKER: He is 30 seconds into a two-minute answer.

Mr Rattenbury: Madam Speaker, I might assist here. I am actually the minister responsible for Actsmart. I might add some—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Gentleman, are you happy for Mr Rattenbury to take this question?

MR GENTLEMAN: I am very happy.

MADAM SPEAKER: Do you need the question again, Mr Rattenbury?

MR RATTENBURY: No, it is fine, Madam Speaker. It is quite fine. Actsmart did take this very fact into account. Certainly part of our discussion with outlets that are participating in the scheme has been about the provision of alternatives. The key focus


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