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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 19 August 1993) . . Page.. 2546 ..


LAND (PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT) ACT - WEST BELCONNEN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
Papers

Debate resumed from 20 May 1993, on motion by Mr Wood:

That the Assembly takes note of the papers.

Ms Szuty: Madam Speaker - - -

MADAM SPEAKER: You have spoken to this, Ms Szuty.

Ms Szuty: I think I adjourned the debate, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: My notes indicate otherwise. I will get advice.

Ms Szuty, you have in fact spoken to it for 10 minutes, but if you seek leave from the Assembly they may grant you another opportunity.

MS SZUTY: I seek leave to conclude my comments on this matter, Madam Speaker.

Leave granted.

MS SZUTY: I welcome the opportunity to continue the debate on the West Belconnen environmental impact statement, which members may recall was interrupted some time ago. I do not intend to revisit the debate as extensively as I did on that last occasion, when I had spent some 10 minutes or so on my speech and had about 30 seconds of it to go when the debate was interrupted. Essentially, I made the point that environmental impact statements should be legitimate assessments of the existing environment and not enabling statements for development. I also commented on the quality of the information provided and the lack of opportunity for community consultation once the final environmental impact statement had been finalised. In conclusion, Madam Speaker, I was critical of the way the work was undertaken with regard to the environmental impact statements for West Belconnen. I believe that we can do better and must do better with future environmental impact statements about sensitive development proposals in particular.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

ENERGY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Ministerial Statement

Debate resumed from 18 February 1993, on motion by Mr Connolly:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

MS SZUTY (4.38): Madam Speaker, I am pleased that the Government has been so forthright in its approach to energy saving in the ACT. After all, it is one area where a concerted effort can yield strong results, and I feel that every energy saving measure that can be practised should be adopted. The greenhouse strategy released at a later time by the Government commented that the majority of our greenhouse emissions come from transport fuel use.


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