Page 837 - Week 03 - Thursday, 30 March 2006

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recognise a duty of care to prospective buyers and tenants and make those reports available where they still exist.

In the event that an asbestos assessment report has not been obtained, the owners will be required instead to provide a generic asbestos advice, either with a building approval application when entering into a residential tenancy agreement or with the contract for sale of a residential property. The generic asbestos advice proposal has been drawn from a survey of over 600 houses conducted by the asbestos task force and provides useful and accurate information on likely locations of asbestos in and around homes built prior to 1985.

These initiatives are not going forward without support. The asbestos management team is well down the track in developing a number of training, education and communication programs to support those affected by these new measures. In fact, a package of short courses designed to provide high-quality education and training for a range of occupations will be submitted to the ACT Accreditation and Registration Council next week. This package has been developed with the assistance of an expert training advisory group comprising local industry-registered training associations such as the Master Builders Association and CITEA as well as representatives in the local asbestos-related industries.

Targeted communications strategies have been developed for those most at risk; namely, do-it-yourself renovators and tradespeople. New communication material is also being finalised, including a revamp of the asbestos website. This material will be released prior to the commencement of the new legislative regimes.

I am pleased to say that, due to the extensive consultation employed in the development of this legislation, industry participants and their representatives support the measures contained in this bill. I also put on the record my personal thanks to the representatives of the Master Builders Association, the Housing Industry Association, the ACT chamber of commerce, the Real Estate Institute of the ACT, UnionsACT, the Law Society, and all those administering government who have given so much time and effort to this process and who have contributed so substantially and enthusiastically to this nationally significant outcome.

Finally, the measures contained in this bill are supported by the outcomes of extensive community consultation and an extent and impact survey that is based on best practice in asbestos management and the most current scientific knowledge. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Mulcahy) adjourned to the next sitting.

Road Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2006

Ms Gallagher, on behalf of Mr Hargreaves, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

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