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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 8 Hansard (5 August) . . Page.. 2817..


MR BERRY (continuing):

might not care, Mr Mulcahy and Mrs Burke, if you are brought into disrepute, but I do. That is why I stand up and make a stand on these particular issues and have done ever since I have come here. It is important to me as a legislator that the organisation that I participate in on behalf of my electors has good standing in the community. One should make every effort to improve that standing, otherwise you have not delivered on the task that you came here for—that is, to try and make things better in your period here and leave the place in better standing when you go.

I have to say that the majority position in this report is just an outrage. It could not possibly be supported. The motion to take these particular provisions out of the code of practice is an outrage and should be treated that way and opposed without any delay. The longer it stays on the notice paper, the worse it is for this Assembly.

I want to also announce that I will be moving some legislation to outlaw this approach to make sure that it does not happen in the future. I think this legislature and the scrutiny process and the democratic process that it represents is worth more than the majority members of this committee think.

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

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee

Report 34

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (11.00): I present the following report:

Report 34 of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment entitled Inquiry into the Namadgi national park draft plan of management together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

The Namadgi national park draft plan of management aims to establish a framework to protect the significant values of the park whilst ensuring that there are still opportunities for nature-based recreation, education and research. The plan of management has been revised to take into account significant changes to political, social and environmental settings in the ACT since the first plan of management was prepared in 1986 under the commonwealth legislation.

The committee's inquiry particularly focused on the administration of the consultation processes during the development of the draft plan of management. It also looked at the nature and level of participation by the interim Namadgi advisory board in developing the draft plan of management. The interim Namadgi advisory board was established in 2001 as a way for the Ngunnawal Aboriginal community to participate in park management and in the development of the plan of management until negotiations for permanent cooperative management arrangements were finalised.

The committee is concerned that, whilst the board was integral to the development of the plan of management, it no longer functions and has not met for over two years,


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