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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 4 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1178..


NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL - 1995-96 REPORT
Paper and Ministerial Statement

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General and Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning): I present the National Environment Protection Council Annual Report 1995-96. I seek leave to make a short statement.

Leave granted.

MR HUMPHRIES: I also include the Commonwealth Auditor's report on that earlier report. The ACT is a member of this multijurisdictional council, which comprises Commonwealth, State and Territory Environment Ministers. The primary function of the council is to make national environment protection measures for the protection of the environment for the benefit of the people of Australia. The council also monitors and reports on the implementation and effectiveness of the national environment protection measures. The ACT National Environment Protection Council Act 1994 provides that the annual report of the council be laid before the Legislative Assembly within seven days of it being formally adopted by the council. This annual report was adopted in November 1996 and was, therefore, due to be tabled on or before 25 February 1997. This did not occur, because of an administrative error in the Department of Urban Services. I regret the delay in tabling the annual report.

BAIL LEGISLATION
Paper

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General): Mr Speaker, I present a revised explanatory memorandum to the Bail (Amendment) Bill 1997, which was presented to the Assembly on 10 April 1997. An earlier uncorrected version was printed instead of the final version which had been prepared. The presentation of the revised explanatory memorandum will rectify this.

SOCIAL POLICY - STANDING COMMITTEE
Report on Skateboards and In-line Skates

MS TUCKER (4.36): I present Report No. 5 of the Standing Committee on Social Policy on its inquiry into the use of skateboards and in-line skates near shops, together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings. The report was circulated when the Assembly was not sitting, on 22 April 1997. I move:

That the report be noted.

This was a very interesting inquiry. We were contacted by a quite large number of groups. We realised that the terms of reference could have been broader because we found that skateboarders and in-line skaters were quite different groups and there were other people who felt they were affected, such as residents of the inner city. Our terms of reference, from memory, were the needs of young people, pedestrian safety issues, and any other related matter. There were other related matters that we did end up looking at.


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