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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 13 Hansard (3 December) . . Page.. 4300..


MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

ozone depleting substances. I hope we will continue to educate the community about the need for this action and ultimately provide for the worldwide effective elimination of those substances so that the important issue of the depletion of the ozone layer can be addressed internationally and comprehensively.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT - STANDING COMMITTEE
Report on Draft Variation to the Territory Plan -
Residential Land Use Policies

MR MOORE (11.53): Mr Speaker, I present Report No. 21 of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment entitled "Draft Variation to the Territory Plan (No. 55) - Residential land use policies - Provisions for temporary care accommodation", together with extracts of the minutes of proceedings. Pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 26 September 1996, the report was circulated when the Assembly was not sitting, on 29 November 1996. I move:

That the report be noted.

This report is part of the statutory obligation of the Planning and Environment Committee to comment on variations to the Territory Plan. It is unusual in this case for the committee to add a postscript explaining that we believe that the issue is not yet ready. We have met our statutory obligation. That has been served. The Executive must refer such matters to the committee, although the outcome of the committee's deliberations does not necessarily have to be taken into account because the final decision is in the hands of the Assembly. Point 27 in this report says:

The Committee notes that the presentation of this report satisfies the statutory obligation for `an appropriate committee' of the Legislative Assembly to report on each draft Variation. It is open to the Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning - when responding to this report - to provide answers to the matters raised by the Committee. The Legislative Assembly will then be in a position to determine whether the draft Variation should be endorsed or not.

The committee was concerned and conscious that Government officials have experienced problems in enforcing lease conditions in various parts of Canberra. In fact, we were told by officials there would be no problem; they could write an appropriate lease and then would be in a position to enforce the lease conditions. But I will say that we were told


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