Page 287 - Week 01 - Thursday, 17 February 2011

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MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what interim changes to procedures and staffing of the accommodation areas have been made at Bimberi pending the completion of the investigation?

MS BURCH: Again, I thank Mrs Dunne for her question. There have been a number of immediate changes put in place. Certainly security aspects of the physical infrastructure have been reconsidered and some action has been commenced there; for example, quotes have been sought for some stronger or more permanent remedies to that. Certainly management have well and clearly heard the message around supervision and support offered to all staff on night duty there and are revisiting those policies and protocols to make sure that they are implemented fully and strongly.

MR COE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, has MSS approached you or your department to discuss premiums or penalties on their charges to cover danger pay for MSS guards at Bimberi since the assault? If yes, what agreement has been reached?

MS BURCH: There has certainly been no approach to me, and I will take some advice about whether that conversation has happened with the department. But I am not aware of it.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what compensatory liability does the ACT government carry in relation to the MSS guard who was assaulted?

MS BURCH: I am sure it covers a range of responsibilities and liability cover, but I can come back with the detail.

Planning—energy efficiency initiatives

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Planning and concerns planning-related energy efficiency initiatives. Minister, given that the ACT has a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2020 and that 73 per cent of emissions come from the built environment, is an ACT-specific approach to planning being developed to meet our targets or is the government’s policy to continue to defer to slow COAG processes to meet the ACT’s planning challenges?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Le Couteur for the question. Both approaches are being pursued. We obviously have a range of intergovernmental commitments through the

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