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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3326..


MR HIRD (continuing):

another public hearing in February this year to facilitate discussions between Environment ACT and a rural leaseholder whose property was affected by the management plan. During the term of the inquiry we made a site inspection.

We did not receive the revised management plan from Environment ACT until late June of this year. We held two public hearings on the amended plan in August, leading to the report today. Members will see that we recommend that the revised management plan be endorsed. We draw attention to three key points of concern that arose out of our inquiries.

I would like to thank my colleagues Mr Rugendyke and Mr Corbell; our secretary, Mr Power; the Minister for Urban Services, Mr Brendan Smyth; and all the staff that assisted us in our site inspection and the evidence that was given. In particular, I thank the leaseholders who have holdings along the corridor for their assistance in our deliberations. I commend the report to the house.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Justice and Community Safety-Standing Committee

Report No 17

MR OSBORNE (10.43): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety-Standing Committee-Report No 17-The Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill 1998.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, to save time, I seek leave to incorporate my speech in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows:

Mr Speaker, to me reform of the freedom of information law is the central plank in the reform of self-government.

It has often been said in this place that the ACT has the best freedom of information law in the country.

With respect to those who actually believe that, I have to say that is not saying very much

In reality, the bar in Australia is set far too low.

The intent of the Bill I initiated for drafting in 1995 and eventually tabled in 1997 and 1998 is to see the government of the Territory standing naked in Garema Place with perhaps just a fig leaf or two for modesty's sake.


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