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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 5 Hansard (7 May) . . Page.. 1235..


MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, these documents are tabled in accordance with sections 31A and 79 of the Public Sector Management Act, which require the tabling of all executive contracts and contract variations. Contracts were previously tabled on 9 April 2002. Today I present two long-term contracts, two short-term contracts and two contract variations. The details of the contracts will be circulated to members.

Papers

Mr Stanhope presented the following papers:

Remuneration Tribunal Act, pursuant to subsection 10 (1)-Determination No 101 together with a statement relating to part-time holders of public office-ACTION Authority Board, dated 5 April 2002.

Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act

Paper and statement by minister

Mr STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Affairs and Minister for Women): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following paper:

Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act, pursuant to section 6A-Endorsement of Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Amendment Regulations 2002 (No 1), dated 31 March 2002

I ask for leave to make a statement on the endorsement of the regulations.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, as the designated person under section 6A of the ACT's Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997, I have endorsed the proposed regulations of the Commonwealth regarding the special exemptions that apply to the Commonwealth's Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement 1997.

The Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement is an arrangement between the Commonwealth, state and territory governments of Australia and the government of New Zealand. The agreement allows goods to be traded freely and enhances the freedom of individuals to work in both countries by addressing regulatory impediments to trade, such as different standards for goods and duplicative testing, certification or qualification requirements.

When the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement was signed 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 sectors: automotive, consumer product, electromagnetic compatibility and radiocommunications, gas, hazardous substances, and therapeutic goods.


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