Page 497 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 21 February 2012

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Questions without notice

Government—triple bottom line assessments

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Chief Minister and is in regard to the government’s use of triple bottom line assessments for cabinet decisions. Chief Minister, last year you announced that triple bottom line assessment was going to be used on a range of major government decisions from August to December last year. Minister, can you inform us what cabinet decisions have been informed by triple bottom line assessment?

MS GALLAGHER: All of them are required to be now.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary question.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, was this triple bottom line assessment applied to the ACT waste management strategy and, if so, what were the relevant considerations?

MS GALLAGHER: I will need to have a look back at how it applied. Obviously we have a lot of submissions coming every week and I cannot specifically recall all of the issues. We obviously discuss significant policy documents in very close detail over a number of presentations to cabinet. Some of the issues that we looked at in waste—and I do not think it will be a surprise to anyone—were issues of equity, issues around the most efficient use of the available dollar. I know there is some difference of opinion about that. Certainly, the ideas about who should pay were very closely looked at in terms of the cabinet discussions around this policy document. But I am happy to go and refresh myself on this. It is hard specifically to recall all the issues that were discussed but I can certainly bring that back. It was along the lines of what I have just outlined.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Chief Minister, how is progress going in developing the triple bottom line assessment process and tools in order for it to be used in the 2012-13 budget process deliberations in cabinet?

MS GALLAGHER: I do not recall that we got a great lot of feedback from the discussion paper. I think we had a submission from the Greens, and that could have been it, I think. I am not sure it had a huge—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: We do not expect one from you people.

Mr Hanson: “Youse” people?

MS GALLAGHER: No, I said “you people” not “youse people”, which is different. It is different, Jeremy, if you are trying to put a bit of a slant on that.

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