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(14) Approximately 13% of ACT arterial roads experience congestion. This is estimated to grow to 17% and 25% by 2021 and 2031 respectively. However, the anticipated stronger role for public transport through the implementation of Transport for Canberra has the potential to limit the growth of congested roads to some 14% and 17% in 2021 and 2031 respectively.

(15) Consultation on the parking offset fund will commence in 2012. The Government proposes to introduce the fund by 2013.

(16) Bulk liquid fuel (by Shell) was the only regular rail freight movement into the ACT over the last 5 years. This movement of fuel by rail (approximately 2.4m litres/week) ceased on 21 January 2010. All freight into the ACT (with the exception of air freight) is now undertaken by road transport.

(17) An ACT Freight Strategy is proposed for release in 2012.

(Question No 1886)

Ms Bresnan asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 20 October 2011 (redirected to the Minister for Industrial Relations):

(1) In relation to the asbestos removal program that occurred in the ACT during the 1980s that reportedly removed asbestos from residential buildings but not commercial buildings, can the Minister provide information on the extent of the program including (a) which classes of building were not covered by the program, (b) were any built-up areas of Canberra not covered by the program and (c) were all residences in the ACT covered by the program; if not, how many residences were not covered.

(2) Does the ACT Government have information about how many and which buildings in the ACT still contain fluffy asbestos; if so, can the Minister provide this information.

(3) Has the ACT Government conducted any asbestos removal programs to address the remaining fluffy asbestos since the 1980s program; if so, what were these programs and what was their extent.

(4) Will the ACT Government proactively assist any residents, businesses or community groups occupying buildings that were not covered by the fluffy asbestos removal program.

(5) What work has the ACT Government done to create an ACT asbestos register which will officially document asbestos incidents and people who were exposed to asbestos, to ensure that people who develop future illnesses can receive compensation and medical treatment.

Dr Bourke: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Loose Asbestos Insulation Removal Program (the program) was voluntarily entered into by the Commonwealth Government (then serving as government of the ACT) and transferred to the ACT Government upon self-government. This Program was implemented between 1988 and 1993. The program was pioneering and dealt

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