Page 1009 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 21 March 2012

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Health—restaurant closures

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, two restaurants—one in Civic and one in Manuka—were shut down by health inspectors last Friday. Minister, what were the reasons for the closure of these two restaurants?

MS GALLAGHER: Public health concerns.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, a supplementary.

MR SMYTH: Thank you for that, minister. Minister, what warnings were provided to each of these restaurants before they were required to close and how much time was provided between the issue of warnings and the decision to force the closure?

MS GALLAGHER: I will take the detail of that question on notice but I am very confident that the public health officials acted in accordance with the laws that were recently passed by this place, responding to improvements in food safety arrangements in the ACT. In relation to at least one of the outlets, I understand they were responding also to other information provided to them.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: A supplementary. Regarding the legislation recently passed, what is the status with the website on which essentially the name and shame will be provided?

MS GALLAGHER: I am just trying to recall the discussions we have had around the website. The website is, I think, a fairly straightforward process to implement and would only come into effect once an offence has been proven, which is not the case at this point in time.

MR HANSON: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Are you confident that all the rectification from the Auditor-General’s report has occurred within the Health Directorate?

MS GALLAGHER: I believe I will be tabling the government’s response to that this sitting week, probably tomorrow. That will update the Assembly on recommendations made and the response across the ACT government.

Tourism—Canberra Festival

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the minister for tourism and is on the subject of Enlighten. Could the minister update the Assembly, please, on the recent success of the Canberra Festival program?

MR BARR: I thank Mr Hargreaves for the question and for his interest in tourism festivals and events in the city. Members would be aware that the integrated Canberra

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