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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 3 December 2020) . . Page.. 169 ..


MS BERRY: I think I have referred to that. The answer to that question was that the ACT government provides funding to manage, remediate and maintain our schools, based on expert advice.

MR CAIN: Minister, what ACT schools are affected by lead paint or asbestos, and what action is being taken to immediately rectify the problems at each of these locations?

MS BERRY: I thank Mr Cain for the question. There are quite a number of schools, like any old buildings in the ACT, that have materials like lead paint. They are managed according to expert advice. Each school that has hazardous materials has a hazardous materials plan, and that plan is available at the front office for the school community to observe.

Mr Hanson: On a point of order, again on relevance, the question is: “What schools are affected by lead paint?” If the minister does not have that information available, maybe she could table it later.

MADAM SPEAKER: There is no point of order. I am not going to direct the minister to answer when she is answering in order and is describing, as I think her words were, a number of older buildings that have contaminants.

MR HANSON: Minister, why are so many public schools in disrepair after 20 years of this government?

MS BERRY: They are not.

Business—COVID-19

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Business and Better Regulation. Can you please update the Assembly on the government’s COVID-19 compliance program for business?

MS CHEYNE: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question and his interest in this area. The government, through Access Canberra and the Health Protection Service, is undertaking an extensive program of compliance activities to help keep our community safe and protected from COVID-19. Access Canberra operates according to the COVID-19 public health emergency response risk identification and treatment options by business sector procedure, as endorsed by the Chief Health Officer. It adopts a risk identification and treatment options approach by business sector to complement this. As at 24 November 2020, Access Canberra had undertaken 6,272 proactive inspections and engagements across business and industry, subject to the public health directions and restrictions. Some 298 proactive inspections across these sectors were undertaken in the past fortnight.

In addition to identified high-risk classes of businesses such as restaurants, bars and clubs, additional engagement and compliance checks took place at theatre halls and art and music centres. This is important, noting that gathering sizes continue to


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