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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 5 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 1358..


Mr Speaker (continuing):

The public hearing of the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration relating to its inquiry into the Auditor-General's Reports Nos 1 to 12 of 2000 on 20 April 2001, dated 18 April 2001.

The public hearings of the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services on 27 April 2001 relating to its inquiry into proposed developments at South Bruce section 21 blocks 1, 3 and 4 and its inquiry into the proposed Amaroo community precinct on 4 May 2001, dated 18 April 2001.

Presentation and consideration of the Appropriation Bill 2001-2002 for Tuesday, 1 May and Thursday, 3 May 2001, dated 1 May 2001.

Purchase agreement

Third quarterly report on outputs as stated in the 2000-2001 purchase agreement between the Speaker and the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly.

Paper

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs and Treasurer): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act, pursuant to subsection 5 (4)-Endorsement of proposed Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Amendment Regulations 2001 of the Commonwealth, notified in Gazette No 14, dated 5 April 2001.

Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to make a statement, but on account of its dreariness I ask for leave to have the statement incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The statement read as follows:

Mr Speaker, as the designated person under subsection 5 (4) of the ACT's Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997, I have endorsed the proposed regulations of the Commonwealth to roll over the Special Exemptions that apply to the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement 1997.

When the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement was signed and agreed to in 1997, there were six industry areas where further examination of both Australia's and New Zealand's regulatory requirements was necessary to determine whether mutual recognition was appropriate. As a result, Special Exemption status was given to the following six sectors:

automotive;

consumer product;

electromagnetic compatibility and radiocommunications;

gas;

hazardous substances; and

therapeutic goods.


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