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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 7 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 1958..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

going. Their problem is slightly different from the one my motion raises but is one we need to look at. I would not like the Assembly to feel that I am putting community broadcasters in a second-class category or denigrating them in any way, shape or form. I recognise and value their contribution. I was concentrating merely on commercial radio. Were I able to do a similar thing with television, I would. It is within the immediate power of the ABA to do something about a commercial radio licence; hence my motion. I thank members for their support.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Water conservation and reuse strategy.

MS TUCKER (4.29): I move:

That this Assembly, noting that 5 June is World Environment Day and that one of the most pressing issues in the Murray Darling Basin region is land degradation caused by mismanagement of our water resources:

(1) agrees that:

(a) the building of further water supply dams in the ACT should be avoided;

(b) the water leaving the ACT via the Murrumbidgee River should be of no less quality than the water flowing into the ACT;

(c) adequate flows should be maintained in the ACT's waterways to maintain their environmental values; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) develop an ACT water conservation and reuse strategy to ensure that the water needs of any increase in population can be met, as far as possible, within existing capacities;

(b) investigate options for returning the ACT's water supply and sewerage services to full government control so that these services can be managed for the public benefit and not commercial return;

(c) report to the Assembly on the implementation of this motion by the last sitting day of 2002.

Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move the amendment circulated in name.

Leave granted.

MS TUCKER: I move:

Omit paragraph 2(b) and substitute:

"(b) investigate returning the operation of the ACT's water supply and sewerage serviced from ActewAGL to ACTEW, so that these services can be managed for the public benefit and not commercial."

I have moved the amendment to clarify the motion. After talking to people about the motion it seemed that some of my meanings were perhaps not as clear as they should be, so hopefully the amendment will assist members.

I have put forward this motion today to mark the 30th anniversary of World Environment Day. This day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. This conference


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