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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 June 2021) . . Page.. 1849 ..

MS VASSAROTTI: I thank Mr Davis for the supplementary question. When that consultation process occurs, EPSDD will be seeking advice from various parts of the ACT government. That will include the EPA and also the conservator in particular. I have asked the directorate to keep a watching brief on this and engage wherever possible in relation to the environment and the environment protection issues. There are particular issues around dust and noise. It is two kilometres away, so we think that the dust issue will probably be okay, but we will continue to engage in that. In particular, we will work with the conservator around impacts and issues for local residents.

MS CLAY: What should constituents do to have their feedback heard, and who should they contact?

MS VASSAROTTI: I would encourage local constituents to engage with active campaigns that are happening at the moment. We understand there is a “Royalla hard rock quarry proposal opposition” website, with suggestions about what to do and how to engage with New South Wales ministers. Constituents should continue to keep engaged with the issue. As I said, we will be keeping a watching brief on it and will engage when required.

Business—ChooseCBR scheme

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Business and Better Regulation. Minister, in your statement this morning you said, “there is no indication at this point of any misuse of funds”. Minister, have you verified the legitimacy of all ChooseCBR transactions, and how can you claim that there has been no misuse of funds if you have not yet verified all of those ChooseCBR transactions?

MS CHEYNE: Without specific allegations, I really do wonder here what the Canberra Liberals are playing at, which does seem to be an attack on businesses as a whole. What exactly do they mean by “misuse”? As I have said repeatedly, if they have specific allegations, they should be putting those forward. We are going through a process. As I said in the ministerial statement, we have not identified misuse. If they have a specific allegation, they should raise it.

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, under the standing orders, there is a standing order about not answering questions—about not debating the subject. The minister there is debating it in terms of the substance. We asked a very clear question, and I would ask her to be directly relevant and not actually debate the question.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Hanson. You have more time to go directly to the question, Ms Cheyne, if you want.

MS CHEYNE: As I said at the end of my answer just then, we have not identified misuse. We are still undergoing our checks of the transactions that occurred on 18 and 19 June. As everyone is aware, there are a considerable number of transactions. It is the second working day after the scheme closed. That work is ongoing.

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