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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 8 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 3570..


this work and after the contributions made by a number of individuals and organisations, to have this work lost. So I do hope that it does get picked up, and certainly I will be pushing that it does get picked up in the next Assembly.

The report makes a series of recommendations around how we can look at, I guess, promoting ecotourism. The ACT is very lucky. We do have some great jewels in the crown and, as I said, we are in a very rich region as well.

So I would like to thank again those who contributed to this inquiry. It was a very short inquiry. Our ecological carrying capacity inquiry went over quite a considerable time, but we felt that it was important to have this inquiry, even though it was held within quite a short space of time. But I think we covered the area well. I think we managed to get some really knowledgeable people in this area to come in and give evidence to the committee, and we were also able to draw on a lot of expertise—as I said, 30 submissions. I really thank those who took the time to contribute, and I commend this report to the Assembly.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (11.21): I briefly thank Ms Hunter and Ms Porter for their contribution to this report, and I particularly thank Sam Salvaneschi for the amazing work she did on this report, for the amazing work she always does in serving committees.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Report 5

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (11.21): I present the following report:

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee—Report 5—Review of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 (Cwlth), dated 24 August 2012, including additional comments (Mr Hanson), together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I am pleased to present to the Assembly this report, Review of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act. I start by thanking my fellow committee members on this inquiry, Ms Bresnan, Ms Porter and Mr Hanson. I think it was a very interesting committee. This one had a particularly interesting topic for its investigation and I appreciated the conversations that we had around some of the issues. I would also like to particularly thank the staff for their support of this inquiry: the Clerk, Tom Duncan; Janice Rafferty; and Kate Harkins. They did some particularly good research in looking at the background of some of the issues that we faced. Some of them were quite complex, and I appreciate very much the work that they put into assisting the committee in considering these very important issues.


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