Page 5121 - Week 14 - Tuesday, 28 November 2017

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MS BERRY: I thank the member for the long lecture before the question provided by the shadow minister opposite. That is—

Mr Wall: Get to the substance.

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, can you resume your seat. Mr Wall, it was a lengthy question and we are 15 seconds into the answer. The minister was not on her feet as long as the time Mr Milligan took to ask the question. I was rejoicing in the quiet question time. Perhaps we could return to that.

MS BERRY: The ACT government is working with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to build on the great things that are already occurring in our schools around supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and families. We are also calling on the federal government to support us in the work that we are doing by committing to funding to the ACT and committing to further improving schools across the country.

If there is any issue with any government across Australia taking issue with anyone who is in charge at the federal level, we are not doing our job if we are not holding whoever it is to account when it means that our communities are going to miss out.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, why did it take your government a decade to realise it needed to engage with the community on Indigenous education?

MS BERRY: It did not.

MR WALL: Minister, why do you continue to blame someone else for your government’s failings and why has it taken so long for the government to engage with the community, given that you have been failing in this space for over a decade?

MS BERRY: I have not and we did not.

Waste—green bins

MS CODY: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Can the minister update the Assembly on the take-up rate for the government’s green bins program in Weston Creek and Kambah?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Ms Cody very much for the question and her advocacy for this exciting initiative not only in her own electorate but also across the territory. As we know, residents of Weston Creek and Kambah were the first to receive green waste bins, in April this year. It has been approximately seven months since the first collection service. I am very pleased to say that the positive feedback we have received from residents in the pilot area has been terrific. The suburbs in Weston Creek and Kambah were chosen for the pilot region to give the ACT government a good sample size of residents in an established region of Canberra.

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