Page 3783 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 19 September 2018

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request for a sample was asked for, that the crush stone be tested for hazardous material. On 28 August, late in the afternoon, Robson Environmental services confirmed the presence of the ACM but the extent of the product in the area was unknown at that stage. On Wednesday, 29 August, WorkSafe ACT was notified by the Education Directorate of non-friable ACM found in garden beds at Harrison School.

MR COE: Minister, will you table the original environmental report and all subsequent reports regarding asbestos at Harrison and Mother Teresa?

MS BERRY: Yes. I refer the member to the statement that I made yesterday that the report will be available at the school, once it is completed; and once it is available at the school, I am happy to provide it to the Assembly if that is appropriate.

MS LEE: Minister, how long will it take to clean the identified sites and when will they be cleared?

MS BERRY: A management and removal plan is being developed on the advice of WorkSafe and Robson.

Government—administrative arrangements

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Chief Minister and relates to government efficiency under the new administrative arrangements following the recent cabinet reshuffle. The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate is now reporting to seven separate ministers: all of them except one. How did you break the news to Minister Fitzharris that she would be the only one missing out?

MR BARR: I had some very productive discussions with colleagues over the course of determining the redistribution and I did not need to broach that issue with Minister Fitzharris.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister Steel’s city services responsibilities include footpaths but Minister Fitzharris’s transport responsibilities include active travel. Are shared paths a type of footpath or are they active travel or how do we work this out?

MR BARR: There would be many areas across ACT government administration where there are either joint responsibilities or where assets of a particular type will sit with a particular minister. I do not think it is too difficult to manage a separation between city services and transport. That has happened in the past and can happen under the current arrangements.


MS LEE: My question is to the minister for education: Harrison School was alerted to the presence of asbestos on Monday, 27 August, as you have outlined. On what day and at what time were you informed about the presence of asbestos at Harrison School?

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