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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 3593..


MRS DUNNE: I table the following paper:

Ginninderra District High School-petition not to close until consultation.

Tree Protection Bill 2005

Detail stage

Debate resumed.

Clauses 68 to 72, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 73.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.58): I move amendment No 8 circulated in my name [see schedule 2 at page 3618]. This amendment turns what is now a notifiable instrument into a disallowable instrument. It is one of a suite of amendments. It is, as I have said on other occasions, to allow greater scrutiny of this legislation by the legislature. But I can read the numbers and the government has already said that it will not support this amendment.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, and Acting Minister for Education and Training) (4.58): The government will not support the amendment. In the debate on Tuesday, when we debated this same issue, I made the point that the criteria in this particular case determined the situation in which the conservator may make a tree protection direction for a person to do something to protect or stop doing something that is placing at risk the protected tree or a tree that is being considered for the tree register.

As I indicated on Tuesday, the government considers that decisions that potentially substantially alter the policy outcome of the legislation should certainly be the subject of scrutiny by the Assembly. But we do not believe that that is the case in relation to this particular amendment and we do not support it.

Amendment negatived.

Clause 73 agreed to.

Clauses 74 to 78, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 79.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, and Acting Minister for Education and Training) (4.59): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move amendments Nos 26 and 27 circulated in my name together.

Leave granted.


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