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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 9 Hansard (27 September) . . Page.. 2744..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

The last three amendments to the Environment Protection Act omit schedule 2, part 2.4 and related definitions. Schedule 2, part 2.4, which regulated petrol quality, was enacted in the context of the introduction of unleaded petrol. Fuel quality is now regulated under the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000—a commonwealth act—so the part is now redundant.

The amendment to the Environment Protection Regulation omits section 67 (2) (h) and is consequential on the omission of the definition of ozone-depleting substance from the Environment Protection Act 1997. Schedule 3 includes amendments to acts that have been reviewed as part of an ongoing program of updating and improving the language and form of legislation.

In addition to the explanatory notes in the bill, the parliamentary counsel is also available to provide any further explanation or information that members would like about any of the amendments made by the bill. The bill, while minor and technical in nature, is another important building block in the development of a modern and accessible ACT statute book that is second to none in Australia. I commend the bill to the Assembly

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

Rock attacks

MR PRATT (Brindabella) (10.42): I move:

That:

(1) this Assembly notes the growing trend of rock attacks against buses, cars and other vehicles in the ACT and that over a period of six or more months, in accordance with the Government's own reckoning, 58 or more such attacks have occurred with incidence on the increase;

(2) a select committee be appointed to inquire into the growing trend of rock throwing against moving vehicles, utilising the following terms of reference analysing:

(a) the incidents which have occurred, by differing categories and pattern;

(b) the psychological and sociological reasons behind the growing trend of rock assaults on moving vehicles;

(c) the plans and actions of Government designed to combat the trend and protect the public;

(d) the success or otherwise of public education and information programs;

(e) the measures taken to protect public transport and passengers, including how effective they were;

(f) the measures undertaken in other jurisdictions to combat the trend and their success or otherwise;


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