Page 489 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 15 February 2017

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Public housing—asbestos

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, is there any evidence or concern about loose-fill asbestos being present in any multi-unit public housing stock?

MS BERRY: None that I am aware of.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, were any houses that are currently in public housing stock remediated for loose-fill asbestos in the 1990s? If you do not know, will you take the question on notice?

MS BERRY: There were initially five houses that were identified to have loose-fill asbestos in them. I understand that four of those have already been demolished or are about to be demolished, and that one will be demolished soon.

MR PARTON: Minister, will all current public housing properties, including multi-unit stock, that once contained loose-fill asbestos be demolished?

MS BERRY: I refer Mr Parton to my previous answer. There are no multi-unit blocks, as far as I am aware, that have loose-fill asbestos in them that are owned by Housing ACT. Of the five houses that were identified, four have been or will be demolished and the fifth one will be demolished soon.

Asbestos—worker safety

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations regarding the demolition of loose-fill asbestos contaminated houses. Minister, has air quality monitoring been conducted on all demolition sites?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: My understanding is that it has been, but I will take that question on notice.

MR WALL: Minister, does the staged approach to the demolition mean that air quality monitoring can be and should be undertaken on all sites?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Once again I am not an expert on the demolition of houses and air quality monitoring, so I will get some advice and take that on notice.

MS LEE: Perhaps the minister will take this on notice as well. In 2016, what was the proportion of demolition sites that had air quality monitoring?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Once again, I will have to take that on notice, thank you.

Children and young people—programs

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth. Minister, can you please update the Assembly on the kids and families holiday

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