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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 8 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 2430..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

for it to be tabled for the information of all members of the Assembly to overcome the fact that, as a result of the effluxion of time between its presentation to the committee and now, that particular committee ceased to exist. I find it passing strange that the committee could not apparently distribute it as a result because it did not exist. The reason for tabling it today is to ensure in the most expeditious way that the government's determination to provide members with the information in the documents has been achieved.

Paper

Mr Stanhope presented the following paper:

Ministerial travel report—1 January to 31 December 2006.

National Environment Protection Council acts—review

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Minister for the Arts): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

National Environment Protection Council Act, pursuant to section 63(4)—Second review of the National Environment Protection Council Acts (Commonwealth, State and Territory)—Report prepared by John Ramsay Consulting, dated June 2007.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I bring to the Assembly today the Report of the second review of the National Environment Protection Council Acts, (commonwealth, state and territory) June 2007. The report was prepared by John Ramsay Consulting Pty Ltd at the request of the National Environment Protection Council.

The Environment Protection and Heritage Council has agreed to table this report in all Australian parliaments. The National Environment Protection Council Act 1994 established a national environmental legislative scheme to make and implement national environment protection measures. These measures are broad framework-setting statutory instruments. They outline agreed national objectives for protecting or managing particular aspects of the environment. The acts recognise that there are benefits to all Australians in developing nationally consistent environment protection standards, guidelines, goals and associated protocols to achieve the objectives of equivalent protection from pollution, non-distortion of business decisions and non-fragmentation of markets.

Overall, the Report of the second review of the National Environment Protection Council Acts concludes that the core aspects of the National Environment Protection


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