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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 4 Hansard (25 March) . . Page.. 1554..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

maintaining the healthy democratic standards that must underpin the day-to-day business of government.

I commend the government's response to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Papers

Mr Stanhope presented the following papers:

Intergovernmental agreements—

List of agreements signed by the ACT Government as at 25 March 2010.

Schedule of Ministerial level negotiations as at March 2010.

ACT Kangaroo Management Plan.

Mr Barr presented the following paper:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to section 13—Canberra Institute of Technology—Annual Report 2009, dated 19 March 2009, including an erratum replacement transmittal certificate, dated 25 March 2010.

Liquor Bill 2010—exposure draft

Papers and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Liquor Bill 2010—Exposure draft

Explanatory statement to the exposure draft

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

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: I am delighted today to table a draft exposure of the ACT's new liquor laws. The government is committed to making a difference and reversing the culture of binge drinking in our community. Raising awareness within the community and the liquor industry about the inherent dangers associated with the irresponsible sale and consumption of liquor is a key to changing attitudes to drinking.

There is clear empirical evidence that the abuse of alcohol has significant adverse economic, social and health-related consequences on our community, and in some estimates this totals nearly $11 billion of harm a year across Australia. Now is the time for action, not just by government but also by the broader community and the liquor industry, to address these worrying trends.


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