Page 1136 - Week 03 - Thursday, 22 March 2012

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DR BOURKE: A regular inspection of schools is undertaken to assess the risk of hazardous substances, including asbestos, on a regular basis. I have had no reports that there are any other schools in a similar situation to Taylor primary.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary.

MR HANSON: Minister, how many schools in Canberra currently have asbestos cladding or asbestos in their construction?

DR BOURKE: A number of schools in Canberra have asbestos within their structure. I do not have the exact number and I shall take that question on notice.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter, you have the call.

MS HUNTER: Minister, is there a plan to remove the asbestos from the schools that contain asbestos at the moment?

DR BOURKE: Yes, there is, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary question.

MR DOSZPOT: Can you table the plan for the removal of asbestos, minister?

DR BOURKE: I will take that question on notice.


MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Minister, how has the ACT government supported and recognised volunteers across the ACT over recent years?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Porter for her question and I also acknowledge her ongoing support for volunteering as a patron of Volunteers ACT.

The ACT Labor government has a strong track record of supporting and recognising volunteers across Canberra. Each day the tireless endeavours of volunteers contribute to making Canberra even stronger. We not only have the nation’s capital but the volunteering capital of Australia with, I am told, over 94,000 volunteers dedicating 10 million hours per year.

In February I joined the volunteer of the year 2011, Jeanie Bruce, to open nominations—

MR SPEAKER: Ms Burch, there is a lot of noise in the chamber. Could we just keep the conversations down a little bit, please?

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