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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 17 August 2017) . . Page.. 2912 ..


that in this country. That is what I support. I look forward to a resounding yes vote when the results of this postal survey come in over the coming months.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.34 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Centenary Hospital for Women and Children—aluminium cladding

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, in 2009 the ACT government identified concerns about the use of ACP in buildings. In 2010 construction of the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children began. Did your directorate have concerns about the use of aluminium cladding when it approved the development of the hospital?

MR GENTLEMAN: The concerns that the government raised with our national body and our federal colleagues was in regard to non-conforming building products, not the particular ACPs on the Canberra hospital.

MR COE: Minister, during the course of construction of the Centenary hospital, which ended in 2013, did the directorate have any concerns about the use of aluminium cladding raised by industry, advocates, activists or the Building Code Board?

MR GENTLEMAN: The directorate did have concerns in regard to non-conforming building products. The products that were used on the Canberra Centenary hospital, my understanding is, were conforming at the time. That is the work that has been engaged in in the building ministers forum and with the national body.

MS LAWDER: Minister, since 2009 how many development applications including aluminium cladding have been approved?

MR GENTLEMAN: Quite a number. I do not have the actual figures in front of me. As you would imagine, there have been a number of modern constructions across the ACT where aluminium composite panels have been used for aesthetic reasons in the cladding of buildings. I am happy to ask the directorate for that number. They are doing a desktop audit at the moment, so I do not think that we are too far away from being able to supply the Assembly with the number of buildings, usually high-rise or medium-rise buildings, that have ACP as an aesthetic cladding. I will get that detail and come back to the Assembly.

Budget—women

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Treasurer and relates to the development of the 2017-18 ACT budget. Minister, I understand that a triple bottom line assessment was undertaken in the development of the 2017-18 budget. Can you advise


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