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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 July 2019) . . Page.. 2375 ..

MS LE COUTEUR: I might take you up on that, but I want to go to recommendation 204, which is about the green bin system. I must admit that this is at the unbelievable level. For people who were not in the estimates committee, if you are an ACT Housing tenant, you cannot just go and request a green bin and pay your $50 for it. We found that out from constituents. We asked about it. The reason they gave was that they could not do it because if they had addresses of ACT Housing residences on the website, someone might work out that they are ACT Housing residences.

I firstly point out that what they have done is a privacy breach. You can work out what are ACT Housing residences because they are the residences that are not on the website. It is totally and utterly wrong. Secondly, the ACT government does manage to supply red bins and yellow bins even to ACT Housing tenants. Why do we have this separate system for green bins? Another thing that worries me is that we discovered this issue with green bins by accident. What else is the ACT government not providing to ACT Housing tenants that they provide to the rest of the residents of Canberra? I was shocked and appalled to find that—(Time expired.)

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Privileges 2019—Select Committee


MADAM SPEAKER: I present the following report:

Privileges 2019—Select Committee—Report—Unauthorised Release of Committee Documents, dated 9 July 2019, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

The report was circulated to members on 9 July 2019, when the Assembly was not sitting.

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (11.12), by leave: I move:

That the report be noted.

The committee was established in April 2019 with its reference concerning an alleged unauthorised disclosure to the Canberra Times of correspondence from the Chief Executive Officer of Canberra Health Services to the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services. As the HACS committee had not authorised publication of the letter, its release had the potential to be considered an act of contempt towards the Assembly.

In an attempt to determine the source of the alleged disclosure, the privileges committee wrote to all persons who apparently had access to the letter, including members and staff of the HACS committee, and the CEO and certain staff of CHS. All formally responded, indicating that they were not responsible for the disclosure, nor did they have any knowledge of who may have. The committee also wrote to the Canberra Times, who declined to reveal any detail. In the interests of transparency the committee resolved to publish all responses on its website.

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