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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3343..


MR MOORE (continuing):

Mr Corbell put the view that this is like putting Dracula in charge of the blood bank. That would be true if the appeal mechanisms were not left in place. We have to make an on-balance decision, as we so often do. Mr Corbell has indicated that the Labor Party will be opposing this bill on balance. I think it is better to oppose it as well. On this issue my view is not as strong as the view I hold on other changes government has sought to make to change of use charge. I recognise what the government is trying to achieve. I can understand why they have gone down this path, but in the end I think it is better not to. So I also will be opposing this piece of legislation.

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted-

 		Ayes, 8  			Noes, 7

 Mr Cornwell  	Mr Rugendyke  		Mr Berry  	Mr Stanhope
 Mr Hird  	Mr Smyth  		Mr Corbell  	Ms Tucker  
 Mr Humphries   Mr Stefaniak  		Mr Hargreaves
 Mr Kaine    				Mr Moore
 Mr Osborne    				Mr Quinlan
Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2001

Debate resumed from 21 June 2001, on motion by Mr Smyth:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CORBELL (11.45): Mr Speaker, the Labor Party will be supporting this bill today. This bill makes a number of changes to the Environment Protection Act. In particular, it makes changes resulting from a review of the Environment Protection Act, a statutory review which was built into the act when it was first passed in 1997.

The Environment Protection Act is an important piece of legislation. It provides for remediation as well as protection of the ACT's natural environment. It protects against environmentally damaging activities and imposes an environmental duty of care on all citizens of the territory.

The amendments proposed by the government in this bill are mostly minor, but there are a number that I want to draw attention of the Assembly to. The first relates to the change of name of the Environment Management Authority. Most people in the ACT would


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