Page 4830 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 11 November 2009

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The review is being conducted by Ms Jenny Dempsey. She is a former official and senior public servant from New South Wales WorkCover and has undertaken a range of reviews of this nature in the occupational health and safety arena. That review is engaging a broad range of stakeholders, including union representatives such as the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union and UnionsACT as well as employer representatives such as the Canberra Business Council and a range of other bodies. That review is ongoing. I am happy to provide a copy of the terms of reference to Ms Bresnan, and I will endeavour to do that as soon as possible.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Bresnan?

MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Will the review examine the capacities of WorkCover to handle complex inquiries, such as asbestos-related matters?

MR CORBELL: The review is looking at the capacity of WorkCover across the board, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Le Couteur?

MS LE COUTEUR: Is the ACT government looking to improve the number of WorkCover inspections of liquor licensed premises and licensed brothels prior to the review being finished?

MR CORBELL: WorkCover does not do liquor licensing inspections.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Porter, a supplementary?

MS PORTER: Yes, thank you. Would the minister give us information about when he would expect a report from the review?

MR CORBELL: I expect to receive the report of the reviewer before the end of the year. The exact date is around the middle of December, and that is contingent, of course, on the reviewer being able to have completed her work by that time. In my meeting with the reviewer she indicated that that is the time frame she is working to, and I look forward to seeing her report.


MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, the residents of Flynn have been through a horrible ordeal as a result of your government’s mismanagement of the school closures issue. The anguish for concerned residents continues with the lack of certainty about the future of the site. Minister, will you make a commitment to the people of Flynn to protect the existing school building for use by the community, and has the government ever had plans to demolish the buildings and rezone the site for houses or other purposes?

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Coe; I welcome the question. Just in the context of a preamble, it is appropriate that I provide some response to that. It is appropriate to respond to the long, rambling preamble, I presume, is it, Mr Speaker?

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