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13 The review is to consider any other substantive inquiries that have been undertaken.

14 The review will encourage participation from stakeholders and the community.

(f) The review team comprised a consortium led by local OHS specialists Australian Health and Safety Services Pty Ltd in partnership with Canberra office of national law firm Dibbs Abbott Stillman, and Melbourne based actuaries Cumpston Sarjeant Pty Ltd.

(g) The review team undertook extensive public consultation throughout the first half of 2007. This included distributing an issues paper to key stakeholders, which invited further public comment on the terms of reference for the review. They also made presentations to a number of stakeholders and interviewed groups and individuals who expressed an interest in the review.

(h) $400,000 was allocated in the 2006-07 Budget to be spent over three consecutive financial years.

(i) The review team was asked to inquire into the workings of the ACT Scheme and report to Government. This included recommending any legislative changes that they considered necessary, but without further consultation it would be premature to introduce amending legislation at this stage.

After receiving the final report, the Government sought the advice of the OHS Council, who were asked to give their views on the review team’s recommendations. The Government is currently considering Council’s advice. Any proposals for amending legislation will be considered thereafter.

(Question No 2096)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 17 June 2008:

In relation to Budget Paper 4, page 38, Accountability Indicators, Review of Consumer Fireworks (the budget indicates completion in 2007-08 – estimated outcome – review report presented to the Assembly on 14 February 2008), (a) has the Government developed a response to the review report tabled in the Assembly on 14 February 2008; if so, when will the response be tabled in the Assembly; if not, why not, (b) when will amending legislation be introduced to the Assembly.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

The report tabled in the Legislative Assembly on 14 February 2008 was the Government’s report on the outcomes of the statutory review of the Dangerous Substances Act 2004 (the Act). It is not necessary nor appropriate for the Government to respond to its own report.

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