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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 1 Hansard (9 February) . . Page.. 78..


Part-Time Holders of Public Office—

Determination 14 of 2009, dated 7 December 2009.

Determination 17 of 2009, dated 23 December 2009.

President of the Court of Appeal—Determination 9 of 2009, dated 7 December 2009.

Legislation program—autumn 2010

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 Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Legislation Program—Autumn 2010.

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

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I am pleased to present the government's legislation program for the autumn 2010 sitting. Throughout the course of 2010, the government will continue to take the ACT forward with energy and purpose, seeking to make Canberra a more sustainable, safe and inclusive city. During the autumn sitting, a range of legislation will be proposed responding to emerging issues, including new national agreements, instigating additional reforms and further implementing the policies and commitments that underpinned our re-election in 2008.

The state of the environment and the sustainability of our city remain prime concerns for everyone in light of climate change. As part of the national water initiative, the government will be introducing the Water Resources Amendment Bill 2010. The national water initiative builds on Council of Australian Government agreements to achieve a nationally compatible market, regulatory and planning-based systems of managing surface and groundwater resources for rural and urban use that optimise economic, social and environmental outcomes. These amendments will facilitate control of commonwealth water in the ACT and interstate water trading.

The government's policy agenda on climate change is to be advanced this year by the introduction of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Bill 2010 in response to the final report of the inquiry into this matter.

The government will also introduce other bills that will implement national agreements, including the Personal Property Securities Amendment Bill and the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill 2010. The first of these is part of the COAG reform agenda. It will amend the ACT's personal property security laws to be consistent with the new national scheme and register, giving a single, harmonised legal framework for lenders using personal property as security. The second will make amendments to the Animal Welfare Act 1992 to enable the responsible minister to make animal welfare codes of practice mandatory, as agreed by the primary industries ministerial council.


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