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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 15 November 2011) . . Page.. 5264 ..


On 4 November, in an exchange with Jeremy Hanson, you said:

On-the-spot fines for an individual are $110, on the spot fines for a company are $385. If you choose to contest that in court and if the offence is serious enough … a company … could face up to $27,500.

Minister, given that the legislation makes it crystal clear that businesses could face fines of up to $27½ thousand for giving out plastic bags, why did you go on radio and claim that this was not true?

MR CORBELL: I was in error, and I have corrected the record.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary.

MR SESELJA: Minister, did you mislead the community because you were embarrassed at the massive fines faced by Canberrans who dare to hand out a plastic bag?

MR CORBELL: I am not embarrassed about anything, Mr Speaker. This is an important initiative that will help reduce waste to landfill, and the government is very proud to have implemented it. In relation to the details of the fines, as I have said to Mr Seselja in relation to his previous question I was in error and I have corrected the error.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, why do you continue with this pattern of behaviour which led to the Assembly previously censuring you for persistently and wilfully misleading the Assembly?

MR CORBELL: I refer Mr Smyth to my previous answer.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary.

MR HANSON: Minister, are there any other facets of the plastic bag ban that you have lied about?

Mr Corbell: I ask Mr Hanson to withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, I would like you to withdraw that and reframe the question, thank you.

MR HANSON: Certainly, Mr Speaker. I rephrase the question. Minister, are there any other facets—

MR SPEAKER: You will have to withdraw first, thank you.

MR HANSON: I withdraw. Are there any other facets of the plastic bag ban that you have misled the community about?


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