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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 11 Hansard (15 September) . . Page.. 3939..


MR BARR (continuing):

the industry monitoring group and the professional associations, including the Planning and Development Forum, the Housing Industry Association, the Master Builders Association, the Property Council and the Law Society. I thank them for their ongoing contributions to the development of the legislative framework for planning.

As is demonstrated by this bill and by territory plan variations, the consultation effort continues beyond the commencement of the original Planning and Development Act back in March of last year. I would like to thank members of the Assembly for considering the bill and the team at ACTPLA for their work in monitoring the implementation phase of the Planning and Development Act and their continuing consultation effort with the community and industry to provide an effective and efficient planning system in the ACT.

This bill provides for the achievement of better planning processes and outcomes for the community and industry. I thank members for their support.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Adoption Amendment Bill 2009

Debate resumed from 27 August 2009, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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

Carbon sequestration—audit report

Paper and statement by minister

Debate resumed from 25 June 2009, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (11.46): This is a paper worth noting on a topic worth supporting. Carbon sequestration has been called the hottest topic on the planet and is intertwined with debates on emissions trading and carbon trading around the globe. It covers two definitions: the natural removal of carbon from the atmosphere by the soil and plants, and any processes for the removal of excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in an effort to mitigate global warming. Australia has been considered a world leader in the study and extrapolation of carbon sequestration even as early as 2005, according to the energy bulletin. It is encouraging that we are taking a look at these issues.


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