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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 2 Hansard (15 February) . . Page.. 409..

Road Transport (General) (Application of Road Transport Legislation) Declaration 2004 (No. 15)-Disallowable Instrument DI2004-266 (LR, 20 December 2004).

Road Transport (General) (Application of Road Transport Legislation) Declaration 2005 (No. 1)-Disallowable Instrument DI2005-6 (LR, 27 January 2005).

Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Regulation 2000-Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Parking Authority Declaration 2005 (No. 1)-Disallowable Instrument DI2005-3 (LR, 20 January 2005).

Supreme Court Act-

Supreme Court Amendment Rules 2004 (No. 4)-Subordinate Law SL2004-53 (LR, 2 December 2004).

Supreme Court Amendment Rules 2004 (No. 5)-Subordinate Law SL2004-54 (LR, 9 December 2004).

Taxation Administration Act-

Taxation Administration (Amounts Payable-Home Buyer Concession Scheme) Determination 2004 (No. 5)-Disallowable Instrument DI2004-262 (LR, 23 December 2004).

Taxation Administration (Amounts Payable-Home Buyer Concession Scheme) Determination 2004 (No. 6)-Disallowable Instrument DI2004-263 (LR, 23 December 2004).

Taxation Administration (Levy) Determination 2005 (No. 1)-Disallowable Instrument DI2005-7 (LR, 27 January 2005).

Taxation Administration Regulation 2004-Subordinate Law SL2004-62 (LR, 23 December 2004).

Utilities Act 2000 and Utilities (Electricity Restrictions) Regulation 2004-Utilities (Electricity Restriction Scheme) Approval 2004 (No. 1)-Disallowable Instrument DI2004-270 (LR, 21 December 2004).

Water catchment quality-role of native vegetation

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR SPEAKER: I have received letters from Mrs Dunne, Dr Foskey and Ms MacDonald proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, I have determined that the matter proposed by Dr Foskey be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The role of native vegetation in managing catchments for water quality.

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (4.02): This is a very pertinent topic. In recent years we have been reminded that the ACT is vulnerable to two very Australian natural phenomena: drought and fire. These two phenomena are closely linked. Our policy response to both challenges could benefit from the adoption of integrated land management approaches.

There is no doubt that the ACT community wants the ACT government to take its concerns about fire and water seriously. We have seen the government respond to the bushfire threat with a management plan that promises to reduce fire vulnerability of ACT communities and also set up processes for appropriate responses.

The "Think water, act water"initiative points out the need for more efficient, less wasteful water use and the government is currently considering options for increasing water supply. These are matters for discussion at another time, but right now I will focus

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