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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 8 Hansard (24 October) . . Page.. 1949..


MR DE DOMENICO (continuing):

The ACT has no major concerns with what is proposed in the draft rules, which will give us the opportunity to have best practice road traffic legislation consistent with other jurisdictions. Following settling of the last draft, the NRTC will present the draft rules to the chief executives of transport agencies, and then to a ministerial council of transport Ministers for final voting. It will then be submitted to the Federal Parliament and is expected to be passed and implemented in 1996. As with other national road transport legislation, my vote at ministerial council will represent the ACT position. The decision to accept or reject the Australian Road Rules will not be available to the Legislative Assembly, in light of the Assembly's agreement to the NRTC process on 6 August 1991, which I previously mentioned. However, with the commitment this Government made last week, we will make sure that the Assembly has a long time to look at anything before anybody goes out of this place and votes on behalf of the ACT.

The purpose of my statement today is to bring members' attention to this important development, which for the first time will bring into place nationally consistent road rules, with resultant benefits to motorists and road safety. In so doing, I once again congratulate previous governments and, in particular, two Ministers - Mr Lamont and Mr Connolly - for the work they have done. It is something that is mutually recognised as being bipartisan and non-party-political. I commend the statement to the house. I present the following paper:

Australian Road Rules - ministerial statement, 24 October 1995.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

SCRUTINY OF BILLS AND SUBORDINATE LEGISLATION -
STANDING COMMITTEE
Report and Statement

MR OSBORNE: I present Report No. 13 of 1995 of the Standing Committee on Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation and I seek leave to make a brief statement on the report.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: Report No. 13 of 1995 contains the committee's comments on 23 pieces of subordinate legislation, four Bills and one Government response. I commend the report to the Assembly.


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