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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4429..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

New reporting requirements will be introduced to allow the government to effectively audit firework sales. The new reporting requirements will allow the government to track all fireworks that are imported into the territory and check sales receipts to ensure that no fireworks are unaccounted for. Heavy penalties will be introduced for importers and retailers whose records do not account for all fireworks brought into the territory.

The government's model for regulating fireworks differs in some respects from the model recommended by the standing committee. Some of the standing committee's detailed recommendations would be difficult to enforce and expensive to regulate. The government has suggested alternative approaches, which would address the problems highlighted by the committee, but within a regulatory framework that is both sustainable and affordable. Amendments to the dangerous goods legislation to implement these changes will occur as part of a broader review of the regulation of dangerous goods.

The government would like to thank the committee members for their work on this difficult issue.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mr Cornwell ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Territory Plan-variation 181

Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act, pursuant to section 29-Variations to the Territory Plan, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required for:

Variation No 181 to the Territory Plan relating to the Territory Plan Pearce Section 27 Block 3 (former child care centre);

Variation No 174 to the Territory Plan relating to Narrabundah Blocks 2, 3, 14 and 15 Section 124 (Hungarian-Australian Club).

Planning and Environment-Standing Committee

Report No 4-government response

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

Planning and Environment-Standing Committee-Report No 4-Draft variation No 174 relating to Narrabundah Blocks 2, 3, 14 and 15 Section 124-Hungarian-Australian Club and Community Facility Land) (presented 14 May 2002)-Government response.

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.


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