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Acton-Kingston Land Swap

MR WHITECROSS: My question is to the Chief Minister. Mrs Carnell, last Thursday your Attorney-General said:

The ACT was lucky to get that money -

that is, the $15m. He continued:

The circumstances of that deal were not particularly favourable to the ACT ...

Do you agree with the Attorney-General's assessment of this arrangement?

MRS CARNELL: Quite clearly, what Mr Humphries was talking about was that we would have much preferred to see the Australian National Museum on Yarramundi. We have said that time and time again. But after the Federal Government determined that they were going to go ahead on Acton regardless - and, of course, the previous Chief Minister had agreed already with that decision by Paul Keating - we determined to go ahead with negotiations that we believed got the best possible deal for the ACT. That was $15m in special revenue assistance and the capacity to go ahead with a very exciting development on Kingston foreshore; and, of course, that will allow the Gallery of Aboriginal Australia to go ahead on Acton Peninsula. We believed that that was the best we could do under the circumstances. In a perfect world, we would like to see the total museum on Yarramundi.

I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Recycling of Glass and Plastic

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, on Wednesday, 3 May, Ms Horodny asked me a question about glass and plastic recycling.

Ms Follett: You gave the wrong answer.

MR DE DOMENICO: Just listen, Ms Follett. There is presently no audit taken of the amounts of glass and plastic waste generated by the business and public sectors. Recycling collections from commercial premises as well as waste collection services are the responsibility of commercial operators. Canberra Paper Recycling provides a paper collection service for government and commercial properties. A range of drop-off facilities are also provided throughout Canberra for paper, glass, plastics and metals. Totalcare provides a collection service for used motor oil, and a commercial service, Vatman, is also available for the recycling of cooking oils. Browning-Ferris Industries - BFI - has advised that they are evaluating the establishment of a recycling collection

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