Page 491 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 8 March 2011

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MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, have all existing and new teachers now been registered and, if not, how many existing and new teachers are yet to be registered?

MR BARR: I would need to take advice from the institute in relation to the registration process in terms of the exact numbers and I will get that advice and provide it to the member.


MR SPEAKER: Before we proceed to the next question, I draw the chamber’s attention to the presence of former member Michael Moore in the gallery today and I welcome Mr Moore to the chamber.

Questions without notice

Waste—draft strategy

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the minister for environment and concerns the government’s new draft waste strategy. The draft strategy does not favour a third bin for organic waste, but in the media you said that a trial of a third bin, as well as composting, was being considered. What further work are you doing to ensure that you give full and fair consideration to the option of a third organics bin for Canberra—such as conducting a trial collection at high-density apartments?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Le Couteur for the question. Consultation on the draft waste strategy has recently concluded and we have received a good number of responses, including a response from Ms Le Couteur on behalf of the Greens. I thank her for that. I do not know if the Liberals have responded, but I know that it is not generally their approach. They do not like to engage in policy debate. It is not their style. It is the case that the government is giving consideration to a broad range of options to improve the recovery of organic waste that currently ends up in the general municipal waste stream. One of those options is a third bin. I would draw to Ms Le Couteur’s attention the detailed cost-benefit analysis which has been attached to the draft waste strategy to explain to Canberrans—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, one moment, please. Stop the clocks, thank you. There have been quite enough interjections from the members of the opposition. We will hear the minister in silence, thank you.

MR CORBELL: I would draw to the attention of Ms Le Couteur and members the detailed cost-benefit analysis that has been prepared as part of the consultation on the waste strategy. That cost-benefit analysis does indicate that a third bin would be more expensive and would be less effective at capturing organic waste than other options that are put forward in the waste strategy. I note that Ms Le Couteur has contested and disputed that analysis, but I have no reason to believe that it is not a thorough one.

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