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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 9 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 3218..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

contracts and contract variations. Contracts were previously tabled on 16 June. Today I present six long-term contracts, 42 short-term contracts and 23 contract variations. The details will be circulated to members.

Papers

Mr Stanhope presented the following papers:

Remuneration Tribunal Act, pursuant to subsection 12(2)—Determinations, together with statements for:

Clerk of the Legislative Assembly—No 6 of 2009, dated 29 June 2009.

Part-Time Holders of Public Office—Part-Time Non-Presidential Members—ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal—No 7 of 2009, dated 29 June 2009.

Legislation program—spring 2009

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Legislation Program—Spring 2009.

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

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, I am pleased to present the government's legislation program for the spring 2009 sittings. The program further delivers on our commitments made at least year's election while also looking to address some of the challenges of these demanding times. It will also continue to build a better, safer and more equitable city that the community expects from a responsible, compassionate and disciplined government.

Firstly, we are all affected by environmental concerns, particularly in relation to water. As part of the national water initiative, the government will be introducing the Water Resources Amendment Bill 2009. The national water initiative builds on the Council of Australian Governments agreements to achieve a nationally compatible, market regulatory and planning-based system of managing surface and groundwater resources for rural and urban use that optimises economic, social and environmental outcomes. These amendments will facilitate control of commonwealth water in the ACT and interstate water trading.

Secondly, the education and training needs of our young people require more attention. The government will give effect to COAG's national youth participation requirement to standardise minimum requirements for the education, training or employment of all young Australians. Amendments to the Education Act 2004 will create a mandatory


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