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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 2 Hansard (29 February) . . Page.. 491 ..

MR BERRY: Well, are they or are they not?

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I will say again that the only option given by Federal Labor Party legislation after - - -

Mr De Domenico: The law.

MRS CARNELL: The law. Once unions file 170s - as they did - and give appropriate notice, it is the law. It is in the Act, Mr Berry. The options for the Government are, one, lockouts; two, under very specific circumstances, where lives are at risk or the national economy is at risk, to go back to the tribunal.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, to save time, I take it that the answer is yes.

MRS CARNELL: Those are the only two options.

Homebirth Program

MS TUCKER: My question is to Mrs Carnell as Minister for Health and Community Care. In response to a question from my colleague Ms Horodny last October about whether homebirths would be an option under the community midwife program by March this year, as you had promised, you stated that you would stand by that commitment. March is approaching fast. I have been informed that there are women on the program who have been expecting to have the option of homebirth in March. Will the Minister give women on the community midwife program an assurance that homebirth will be available as an option in March? If not, when will it be an option?

MRS CARNELL: Thank you very much for that question. My advice is that it is on track for homebirths to be available, but I will give a fuller answer, hopefully later on this afternoon.

Noise Pollution

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I have a question for Gary Humphries, of which I have given him quite some notice. In fact, I indicated to his office on 2 February that I would be asking a question about this issue.

MR SPEAKER: I hope that you will refer to the Minister by his correct title. Which portfolio are you addressing, Mr Moore?

MR MOORE: Mr Humphries, as Minister for Planning and the Environment. Did you monitor noise levels for the gathering of motorbikes at EPIC on 4 February 1996? If so, can you indicate to us what they were? By how much did they exceed the permissible level, and why did you grant an exemption for those noise levels?

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