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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 3 Hansard (20 March) . . Page.. 914..


Mr Corbell: There is no ruling to dissent from.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you very much, minister. Thank you very much, Mr Hanson. I did not make a ruling, so there is nothing for you to move dissent to. Attorney-General, you have the floor.

Papers

Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Australian Crime Commission (ACT) Act, pursuant to subsection 51(5)—Australian Crime Commission—Board of the Australian Crime Commission—Chair annual report 2010-11, dated 9 December 2011.

ACT Criminal Justice—Statistical Profile 2011—December quarter.

National Environment Protection Council—annual report

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

National Environment Protection Council Act, pursuant to subsection 23(3)—National Environment Protection Council—Annual report 2010-2011.

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

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Today I am pleased to table the National Environment Protection Council annual report 2010-11 in the Assembly. Under the ACT's National Environment Protection Council Act 1994, the government is required to table the NEPC annual report within seven sitting days of the council's adoption of the report. The NEPC annual report was formally adopted on 16 December 2011. The report covers the activities of the council, the operation of the service corporation that supports the council and the implementation and effectiveness of national environment protection measures, or NEPMs.

Following an independent review of ministerial councils by Dr Allan Hawke in 2009, COAG decided to effect fundamental reform to the ministerial council system to focus councils on national strategic priorities. At COAG's April meeting it was announced that the Environment Protection and Heritage Council would be transitioned into the new Standing Council on Environment and Water, which would incorporate the NEPC.

In preparation for the transition, NEPC recommended to COAG five areas of national priority action: one, pursuing seamless environmental regulation in regulatory practice


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