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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 2 Hansard (22 Feburary) . .

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ACT, the territory's regulator for hazardous chemicals. This bill will address anomalies such as this for the cross-border supply and use of hazardous chemicals.

I will quickly respond to the scrutiny committee's comments in relation to the availability of information to the public. I note the committee has made some comments regarding the displacement of subsections 47(5) and 47(6) of the Legislation Act under the dangerous substances legislation. The requirement to make all incorporated documents under the dangerous substances legislation publicly available is, I note, already found in section 206 of the Dangerous Substances Act. The notes on the definition of the Australian standards, as I have noted in correspondence to Mrs Jones, are incomplete and as such will be amended on the republication of the Dangerous Substances (Explosives) Regulation 2004 to state where copies of the standards may be inspected as required under section 206. Again, I thank the scrutiny committee for its work in relation to this bill.

This bill will bring the territory into line with modern practices to better ensure the health and safety of workers and persons dealing with hazardous chemicals and in the regulation of major hazard facilities. This bill is another indication that the government is committed to improving community and workplace safety across the territory. I commend this bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 11.42 am to 2.30 pm.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to the Chief Minister, Mr Barr, to attend the Prime Minister's delegation to the United States.

Ministerial arrangements

MR GENTLEMAN: For question time today Minister Berry will act as Chief Minister and Treasurer and take questions in that portfolio, Minister Fitzharris will take question on economic development, and Minister Ramsay will take questions on tourism and major events.

Questions without notice

Light rail—Gungahlin

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Transport Canberra and City Services. Minister, I wrote to you on 19 December on behalf of numerous Gungahlin businesses


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