Page 4116 - Week 12 - Thursday, 1 December 2022

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From 1 July 2022 the remaining functions of the task force are now being delivered by the Loose Fill Asbestos Coordination Team within the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate. This team continues the work, including administering the ongoing work of the scheme and the voluntary buyback program, providing ongoing support for the remaining home owners who are progressing through the buyback scheme and for those who are choosing to manage their properties privately.

The team is progressing the demolition program and resolving the challenges associated with complex properties within the scheme. It is supporting the renewal of affected neighbourhoods and contributing to a safer, more livable city through the delivery of an effective sales program that provides first right of refusal offers to former home owners and the sale of remediated blocks to the public. It will provide support, information and avenues for home owners if other properties affected by Mr Fluffy loose-fill asbestos insulation are identified in the future.

It is also finalising the delivery of key legacy projects. I was really pleased to recently announce that we are moving forward on a significant one of these, with the announcement that we have commenced work to establish a place of reflection at the Arboretum.

As evidenced by the above work, the closure of the task force does not mean that the impact of Mr Fluffy loose-fill asbestos will not continue to be felt at an individual, household or community level. It does, however, mark a milestone for the response and demonstrates what can happen when the government and community come together to respond to issues that are difficult and challenging. Thank you to all who have been involved in the task force. Be assured that the ACT government will continue to respond to the ongoing issues and support community members impacted by the issue.

I present the following papers:

Asbestos Response Taskforce Closure Report—

Report—Key delivery outcomes, insights and lessons learnt, dated November 2022.

Ministerial statement, 1 December 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Revenue Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

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