Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 1 June 2022) . . Page.. 1475 ..
That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Sitting suspended from 12.10 to 2.00 pm.
MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (2.00): Minister Vassarotti has had to leave the Assembly so is not present for question time. Minister Berry will take questions in relation to homelessness and housing services, and Minister Gentleman will assist members in relation to the environment, heritage, sustainable building and construction.
Questions without notice
MS LEE: Madam Speaker, my question is to Minister Gentleman, acting on behalf of Minister Vassarotti, Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction. Minister, your government has known about the extremely hazardous combustible cladding issue in Canberra for over five years now. Why is it taking your government so long to help Canberrans with this issue?
MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Lee for the question. We did take action quite early, when we found out about the impacts of combustible cladding.
Ms Lee: What was that?
MR GENTLEMAN: I was the building minister at the time. We worked with ministers in other jurisdictions at the building ministers’ forum—
Ms Lee interjecting—
MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Lee.
MR GENTLEMAN: to ensure that we could bring about a safe recommendation for Canberra residents and took action immediately.
Opposition members interjecting—
MADAM SPEAKER: Members, to the question. No commentary.
MS LEE: Sorry, Madam Speaker. I just have to get my head around that. Minister, why won’t you finalise the details of the combustible cladding remediation loan scheme? You announced it in July.