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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 5 Hansard (7 May) . . Page.. 1236..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

During the special exemption period, the relevant regulatory bodies in Australia and New Zealand have embarked on a cooperation program in each of these sectors. The reports produced by each cooperation program recommend to either introduce mutual recognition, harmonise the regulations of Australia and New Zealand, permanently exempt the regulations or roll over the special exemption status.

The 2001 cooperation reports for automotive, gas appliances, hazardous and therapeutic goods have recommended that special exemption status for these sectors be rolled over for another 12 months. The cooperation reports for the consumer goods and EMC sectors have recommended changes to the TTMRA.

The consumer goods cooperation report notes that mutual recognition has been achieved in all but three areas of the sector. As a result, the report recommends a 12-month extension of special exemption status for three regulations: sunglasses and fashion spectacles, child restraints for motor vehicles and health warnings for tobacco products. These require further consideration to move towards the harmonisation of Australian and New Zealand regulations. The TTMRA Amendment Regulations 2002 reflect this change.

The cooperation report on EMC and radiocommunications recommends an extension on the special exemption of radiocommunications products for 12 months to enable further negotiations to take place with the objective of extending harmonisation to this product sector.

The report does not seek an extension for the special exemption for EMC. The EMC schemes in both Australia and New Zealand are now harmonised to accord with the requirements of the TTMRA. The TTMRA Amendment Regulation 2002 reflect this change.

The relevant ministerial councils have agreed to the recommendations of the cooperation reports, and the Prime Minister has supported their decision. States and territories endorse the changes to TTMRA special exemptions by gazetting the regulations in their respective gazettes or, in the ACT, by notifying the instrument on the ACT Legislation Register. On behalf of the ACT, I endorsed the notifiable instrument on 31 March 2002.

Land (Planning and Environment) Act-leases

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, Minister for Planning and Minister for Industrial Relations): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following paper:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act-Schedule of Lease Variations and change of use charges for the period 1 January 2002 to 31 March 2002 and Schedule of Leases granted for the period 1 January 2002 to 31 March 2002

I ask for leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.


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