Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 3 August 2017) . . Page.. 2477 ..
MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (2.30): I advise members that Minister Fitzharris will not be present in question time today. In addition to taking questions on behalf of Minister Gentleman, I will also take questions on behalf of Minister Fitzharris.
MADAM SPEAKER: You may be busy, Chief Minister.
MR BARR: It may well be true.
Questions without notice
MR COE: My question is to the Chief Minister regarding the activities of the asbestos response task force. Chief Minister, the media has recently reported the case of a property that was deemed “genuinely unique” by the task force. How many unique cases has the asbestos response task force come across that have warranted a non-standard approach in the actions of the task force?
MR BARR: I will have to take that question on notice.
MR COE: The Chief Minister might also be able to take on notice whether the government has criteria that, if not complied with, automatically qualify the situation for a non-standard treatment.
MR BARR: Thank you. I will take that on notice too.
MRS DUNNE: Chief Minister, do cases where no asbestos has been located on the property qualify the block for special treatment?
Mr Barr: I am sorry?
MRS DUNNE: Where no asbestos has been found, is the block treated specially?
MR BARR: Where properties share common walls, common roof spaces, there have been examples throughout the diverse number of properties that have been impacted by Mr Fluffy asbestos. There is a commercial property in Ainslie that has both a residential unit above it and adjacent commercial properties that has been the subject of some media coverage in recent times. There are examples amongst the more than a thousand properties where there have been impacted and affected properties.
MS LAWDER: My question is also to the Chief Minister regarding the activities of the Asbestos Response Taskforce. Chief Minister, where loose-fill asbestos is located in a unit in a multi-unit complex or duplex, are all units in the complex condemned for demolition under the guidelines?