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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 4 Hansard (8 April) . . Page.. 1063..


DR FOSKEY (continuing):

given that land tax in that area was $160 a year or so ago—it is probably more now—the starting point for any property is $160. I think this is a challenge that a future Assembly needs to take on. I hope that that recommendation of the committee is taken up.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Water Resources (Validation of Fees) Bill 2008

Mr Corbell (on behalf of Mr Stanhope ), by leave, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.39): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

This bill is necessary to ensure a legal basis for fees which have been charged with respect to licence fees issued under the Water Resources Act 1998 between 1 July 2007 and 31 July 2007.

A valid fee determination—the Water Resources (Fees) Determination 2006 No 1—made under the Water Resources Act 1998 was in place until 30 June 2007. However, the act was repealed and replaced by the new Water Resources Act 2007 on 1 August 2007 and a new fee determination commenced under the new act from that date. Regrettably, as the old fee determination under the former act had expired on 30 June 2007, this resulted in a gap of one month between valid fee determinations.

While it is regrettable to have to legislate to remedy a defect of this kind, members will appreciate that it is not the first time that the Assembly has been asked to do so. The approach taken on this and other occasions where validation has been considered necessary has generally been that rights have been obtained for a fee, and that the fee charged should therefore be validated by enactment. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Human Cloning and Embryo Research Amendment Bill 2007

Detail stage

Clause 7.

Debate resumed from 3 April 2008.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.41): As I said previously, these two amendments take away and make it always unlawful to create a human embryo that has more than two lots of genetic material. I think a lot of the discussion that has gone on in this


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