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(8) Balloons are potentially harmful to the environment based upon their physical composition. Any released balloons, at best may become litter. They may also end up in the aquatic environment where they may be potentially ingested by aquatic animals and birdlife. The regulations seek to minimise the impacts on the environment by restricting the number released. The Regulations are consistent with surrounding NSW Environment protection laws based on the number of balloons permitted to be released into the environment.

Questions without notice taken on notice


Ms Fitzharris (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Ms Le Couteur on Wednesday, 13 September 2017):

In accordance with section 13 of the Litter Act 2004, it is an offence for a person to place any unsolicited leaflet in or on a motor vehicle at a public place.

People can report the inappropriate use of flyers via Access Canberra on 13 22 81. City rangers will attend and investigate the complaint.

Government—ex gratia payments

Mr Barr (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Mr Coe on Tuesday, 19 September 2017):

Question 1: Act of grace payments do not include a non-disclosure clause. Section 130 (10) of the Financial Management Act 1996 (FMA) states that the notes relating to a payment must not disclose the identity of the payee unless disclosure was agreed to by the payee as a condition of authorising the payment.

Question 2: Information relating to the grounds for each act of grace payment is reported in notes to the financial statements of the relevant Directorates and Territory Authorities.

Question 3: The FMA requires each Directorate and Territory Authority to report information about the act of grace payments made in each financial year in the notes to their entity’s financial statements, which are audited by the ACT Audit Office as part of its annual program.

I understand that, in the past where there have been multiple act of grace payments made during a particular financial year, there have been instances where such payments have been presented on a category basis to simplify the disclosure of information being reported.

Public housing—Holder

Ms Berry (in reply to a question by Mr Hanson on Thursday, 21 September 2017):

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