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percentage points. The ACT has the second highest female participation rate of the jurisdictions at 69.2 per cent (behind the Northern Territory, 69.5 per cent), which is significantly higher than the national rate of 59.2 per cent female participation.

The ACT Government continues to closely monitor unemployment rates.

* Catalogue number 6202.0 Table 12 Labour force status by sex - States and Territories - tables 1 and 4-11

Motor vehicles—electric vehicle plug-in points
(Question No 1387)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 9 December 2010:

(1) What is the Government’s plan for rolling out electric vehicle plug-in points.

(2) How will these plug-in points relate to the Better Place plug-in points.

(3) What kind of infrastructure will be available for vehicles which cannot use the Better Place charging points.

(4) Will the Government points be well signed and will parking places be reserved for these type of cars.

(5) Will there be a Memorandum of Understanding about (a) where these points will be located, (b) whether parking places will be reserved and (c) any capital and running costs which may fall on the Government.

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

(l)-(3)The ACT Government has established an interdepartmental committee to advise on the steps required to introduce electric vehicles in the ACT including issues relating to plug-in points. The Government will announce its intention in relation to electric vehicles in 2011.

(4)-(5) Consideration will be given to the allocation of particular parking spaces for plug-in electric vehicles in ACT Government off-street parking areas as well as on-street parking spaces at an appropriate future time. The regulatory and management arrangements will also need to be agreed in the future when the timing of introduction of electric vehicles is clearer.

The ACT Government position will be informed by its work with other jurisdictions through the Environment Standing Sub-Committee of the Australian Transport Council and a sub-committee of the Council for the Australian Federation, as well as the ACT Government Interdepartmental Committee.

Environment—polystyrene recycling
(Question No 1388)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 9 December 2010:

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