Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 11 Hansard (16 September) . . Page.. 4114..
MRS DUNNE: A laptop, yes; thank you. I declined to table the laptop but I did agree to table the letter that I was quoting from. Accordingly I table the following paper:
Battery cages—Copy of email to Mrs Dunne from Meg Parkinson, dated 26 August 2009.
Emergencies (Bushfire Warnings) Amendment Bill 2009
Debate resumed from 26 August 2009, on motion by Mr Smyth:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (6.05): The government will not be supporting Mr Smyth's amendments to the Emergencies Act 2004. Firstly, I would like to thank Mr Smyth for bringing forward this bill. It is definitely an important issue to provide warnings to the community. Following the Black Saturday fires in Victoria earlier this year, it is indeed a very important and very topical issue across Australia.
However, I can advise the Assembly that, following the interim report of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council, known as AFAC, facilitated a national workshop to look at these issues. That workshop looked at a range of issues, including:
These workshops have allowed for the development of a nationally consistent approach, which, through the Australian Emergency Management Committee, has been agreed to and endorsed by all states and territories within the last couple of weeks. As members would be aware, these decisions have been announced in recent days in all the states and territories. Indeed, I announced these arrangements in relation to the ACT yesterday.