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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . . Page.. 1061..


MR QUINLAN (continuing):

recommendations warranted a response. Other than that, all I can do is thank all, including Mr Humphries, for what I judge to be quite fulsome support.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Standing order 180 states that, in considering an appropriation bill for the ordinary annual services of the executive, any schedule shall be considered before the clauses. As this bill does not contain a schedule, it is intended that it will be dealt with in the same way as other bills of the Assembly.

I therefore present the following paper:

Advice from Clerk to the Speaker-Schedules to Appropriation Bills, dated 4 February 2002.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Suspension of standing orders

Motion (by Ms Tucker ) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of standing orders be suspended as would allow private Members' business, order of the day No 12 (relating to container deposit legislation) being called on forthwith.

Container deposit legislation

Debate resumed from 10 April 2002, on motion by Ms Tucker .

That this Assembly calls on the Government to:

(1) take note of the independent report on container deposit legislation prepared by the Institute of Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney which was recently released by the NSW Minister for Environment, Mr Bob Debus; and

(2) support the establishment of a national container deposit scheme at the National Environment Protection Council.

MR HUMPHRIES (Leader of the Opposition) (6.05): Mr Speaker, the Liberal Party's position on this motion is that we acknowledge very clearly the urgent requirement that Ms Tucker raised earlier in this debate for Australia as a nation to consider ways of being able to reduce the amount of material which it disposes of each year, fails to recycle and fails to reuse, and measures such as container deposit legislation clearly go some way towards doing that.

I do not think any of us would doubt that having an effective container deposit scheme operating in Australia, to the extent that it encouraged people to reuse material, prevented material going into the waste stream and reduced the use of energy, would be


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