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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 13 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4954..


Pest plants

(Question No 1109)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for the Environment, upon notice:

In relation to pest plant species:

(1) What process is there in place to determine whether plants are appropriately listed;

(2) Is the list reviewed regularly;

(3) When was the last time it was reviewed;

(4) When was the last time a species was added or removed from the list.

Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The process in place to determine whether plants are appropriately listed is for the ACT Weeds Working Group to assess plants using the nationally accepted Weed Assessment Guide developed by the Animal & Plant Control Commission of South Australia. This guide was also used to determine the Weeds of National Significance.

Before any plants can be declared the Minister is required to consult with the Flora & Fauna Committee.

(2) The list is reviewed annually.

(3) The list was last reviewed in May 2003.

(4) The last time a species was added to the list was 11th July 2001.

Adoptions

(Question No 1113)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 25 November 2003:

In relation to adoptions in the ACT:

(1) How many adoptions were processed in the ACT in:

(a) 2000-2001;

(b) 2001-2002;

(c) 2002-2003;

(d) to date in 2003-04 (if any);

(2) Have any same sex couples contacted the government interested in adopting children, if so, how many and when;

(3) On average how long does it take to process an adoption in the ACT.


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