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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 376 ..

In response to part two of the question, at the time of the state of emergency being declared, the ceremonial fire at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy was not the first fire to be extinguished on 18 January 2003. I think everyone here would understand that the areas of most need were not at the Parliamentary triangle and did not pose the threat of other fire fronts.

However, I am advised that as soon as practical, representatives of the Embassy and the ACT Fire Brigade held discussions about the fires at the Embassy site and arrived at a solution that does not pose a danger during total fire bans.

I understand that it was agreed that one ceremonial fire could be active at the Embassy site during total fire bans. The agreement is based on a set of conditions including that only one fire is active and it be kept small and smouldering without a flame, there is a clearing of three meters around the fire, it be supervised at all times, and a means of extinguishment is on hand.

These measures ensure that the ceremonial fire at the site is safe and of no danger to anyone during those days designated as total fire ban. I can assure you that the ACT Fire Brigade will enforce these conditions.

In view of my answers to the first two parts of my question, a response to part three of the question is unnecessary.

Telstra-connections (Question No 363)

Mr Cornwell asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1) What is the current waiting time of a Telstra connection in the ACT;

(2) Is there a problem for a person signing up with Telstra who is a member of a body corporate and if so, what is the problem;

(3) Is it true that Telstra will not sign up potential customers who are members of a body corporate;

(4) Is it true that unless you are signed up with Telstra, you cannot obtain Transact;

(5) What is your legal situation if you transfer to Telstra from Optus and then cannot obtain Transact service.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The ACT Government has no role in, or relationship with, Telstra's operations. The Commonwealth Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts is the appropriate party to respond to this question.

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