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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2020 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 20 February 2020) . . Page.. 592 ..


vulnerable territory workers or put workers at risk by exposing them to dangerous working conditions will be stopped from providing labour hire in the territory.

Vulnerable territory workers and the community at large can be assured that this government will continue to do all it can to protect them. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Wall) adjourned to the next sitting.

Loose-fill Asbestos Legislation Amendment Bill 2020

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

Title read by Clerk.

MS ORR (Yerrabi—Minister for Community Services and Facilities, Minister for Disability, Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety and Minister for Government Services and Procurement) (11.19): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Loose-fill Asbestos Legislation Amendment Bill 2020. This bill gives effect to the announcements made in November 2019 about the management of any Mr Fluffy affected properties remaining in the Canberra community following the closure of the buy-back program on 30 June 2020.

Since the commencement of the loose-fill asbestos insulation eradication scheme in 2014, significant progress has been made toward eradicating affected properties from the ACT residential community. To date, 96 per cent of affected properties have been demolished either through the scheme or through residents making their own arrangements. However, the goal of eradicating all loose-fill asbestos from the ACT residential community—and, in doing so, removing the associated risk to the Canberra community—will not be fully achieved until all properties have been demolished. The pathways to eradication package, consisting of five initiatives, works to deliver this outcome.

The initiatives include transitional support for homeowners, additional asbestos management plan requirements, development and building approval restrictions, occupancy prohibition, and the potential for compulsory acquisition, if required, from mid-2025. The first initiative, transition support for homeowners, will be provided through administrative procedures and sale contracts, with the first of these arrangements expected to commence in March 2020. And the final initiative, should the government need to take action in 2025, will be enabled through legislation already in place.

The bill I introduce today will give effect to the other three initiatives and I will outline them for the Assembly, starting with changes to the current asbestos management plan requirements. To improve community safety, the bill enacts three


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