Page 2113 - Week 06 - Tuesday, 8 May 2012

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MR BARR: I did so and faced a half-hour press conference, which is a level of commitment to policy debate that I do not think any of those opposite would be capable of—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR BARR: because they have done no work. If you go to the policy section on the Liberal Party website there is still a big blank.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR BARR: Policies to come? Well, there are about 160 days to go to election day; it is a countdown that I know Mr Smyth keeps and reminds me of regularly. There are 160 days for the opposition to come up with a policy—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, members. Mr Barr, let us focus on the question.

MR BARR: and the chances of that would appear to be very limited.

Recycling—batteries and light bulbs

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and relates to fluorescent light bulbs and battery waste collection and recycling. Minister, there is a current draft EIS listed on the environment and sustainable development website called “Proposed clinical waste and fluorescent tubes storage facility, Hume, ACT.” This includes a proposal where fluorescent tubes can be safely temporarily collected and stored. Minister, what is the government doing to establish a service for recycling fluorescent light tubes in the ACT?

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you. We are examining the issue, Ms Le Couteur.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary question.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, will this facility also take compact fluorescent lights, which are more common in homes, and if not, what plans does the government have to safely collect and store these for recycling?

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! I cannot hear the minister.

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Speaker, I actually could not hear the question because of Mr Hanson, Mr Seselja and Mr Smyth’s constant interjections, so I would ask Ms Le Couteur to repeat the question.

MR SPEAKER: Stop the clocks, thank you. Ms Le Couteur, your question again, please.

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