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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 19 August 1993) . . Page.. 2498 ..

The Act provides for three types of licences. The wholesale licence controls the bulk storage, supply and recycling of ozone depleting substances. The business licence allows activities such as purchase, storing and selling of the substances for the purpose of servicing an item that contains an ozone depleting substance. The third type of licence is issued to a person who services articles such as, for example, a vehicle air-conditioner or a refrigerator. To obtain a service licence, a person is required to have trade qualifications and to have satisfactorily completed an approved ozone awareness course.

The Ozone Protection (Amendment) Bill 1993 will amend the Ozone Protection Act 1991 to remove the time limit on service licences. The Bill makes amendments to sections 13, 15 and 22 of the Act. Section 13 of the Act deals with the application for various types of licences and specifies a maximum period of 12 months, irrespective of the type of licence being sought. Section 15 of the Act deals with the form of the licence and requires that a period for which the licence is to remain in force is specified on the licence. Section 22 deals with the duration of licences and specifies that all initially issued or renewed licences remain in force for a period not exceeding 12 months.

The Bill will remove the 12 months time limit which currently applies to service licences under the Act and will allow these licences to be issued for an indefinite period. Existing service licences will thus, on renewal, be issued without a time limit. The yearly renewal of a licence issued to a person to service articles that contain ozone depleting substances is an administrative burden that does not contribute to the effective control of ozone depleting substances. In addition, the fees associated with the yearly renewal of a service licence place an unnecessary burden on the applicant and have caused some concern in the automotive and other industries.

The amendment will also introduce a more equitable distribution of expenses relating to licences for ozone depleting substances in that costs to the individual service person will be reduced. To compensate for this, increases have been made to wholesale and business licences. The amendment will simplify the present system of licences issued to persons who service articles which contain ozone depleting substances without reducing its effectiveness. Madam Speaker, I present the explanatory memorandum to the Bill.

Debate (on motion by Mr Westende) adjourned.


MR CONNOLLY (Attorney-General, Minister for Housing and Community Services and Minister for Urban Services) (10.36): I present the Appropriation (ACT Forests Trust Account) Bill 1993.

Title read by Clerk.


That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

This Bill introduces machinery provisions for the purposes of the closure of the existing Australian Capital Territory Forestry Trust Account and the establishment of a new trust account to be known as the ACT Forests Trust Account. The existing trust account was established by the Commonwealth

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