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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 20 May 1993) . . Page.. 1662 ..


It needed someone with Mr Lamont's personality for this Assembly to be in a position today to say, "Here it is. Have a look at it. It is a great document". I mean that sincerely, and also my comments about Mr Kaine's experience in that he was involved in the initial piece of legislation. An older head sometimes does make a very valuable contribution when it was the first time round for all the other members. As I said, Mr Lamont's personality was crucial, together with Mr Kaine's ability, in getting to where we are today.

Sincerely, that is all I need to say. It has been a wonderful learning experience. I do not think I have read so many papers in my life on the same topic over a period of time. A lot of people might have said that we would never get the report in in time, but here it is. Well done, Mr Lamont. I also reiterate the comments made by Ms Ellis and others about George Tomlins and his staff. They have been absolutely fantastic. Saturdays, Sundays, green paper, yellow paper, pink paper, fights about what colour the paper would be; but in it comes and there is green paper there and yellow paper as well. Rod Power has been absolutely superb. Once again, it was great to have someone with Rod's personality. It required Rod Power, I believe, and only Rod Power to get things done.

As I said, Madam Speaker, I am delighted with the process and I am delighted with the result. I am not 100 per cent happy; nor should I be, nor will anybody be. But the fact that this report is in this Assembly today in the form that it is speaks well for the way Mr Lamont chaired the committee, for the committee itself - let us pat everybody on the back - and for the way the system worked in regard to community consultation. I am delighted to commend the report to the house.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Carnell) adjourned.

CONSERVATION, HERITAGE AND ENVIRONMENT -
STANDING COMMITTEE

Report on Fuelwood Heating - Government Response

Debate resumed from 16 December 1992, on motion by Mr Wood:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

MR WESTENDE (11.59): Madam Speaker, I shall be brief. I am pleased to speak on the report of the Standing Committee on Conservation, Heritage and Environment on fuelwood heating in the Australian Capital Territory. I point out that the report was produced prior to my entry into this august chamber and I had no part in its preparation. However, I believe that the committee adopted a very sensible approach to the report. I commend the presiding member, Mr Moore, and the members of the committee for that. It is a very good report. It quite comprehensively canvasses a range of questions relating to fuelwood heating and it makes quite practical recommendations pertaining to public education on improved installation and correct heater operation methods and in considering other issues such as achieving energy efficiency in housing.


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