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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 September 2005) . . Page.. 3402 ..


MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (5.34): I move amendment No 3 circulated in my name [see schedule 4 at page 3418].

Clause 29 relates to the guidelines that may be set out by the conservator in relation to tree management plans. This is an important piece of policy, which is one removed from the legislation at this stage. We have only a vague idea of what will be in the guidelines set out by the conservator. I think that, because of the impact that the guidelines for tree management will have on people who want to develop their private land, it is important that these matters are brought to the Legislative Assembly so that members here have some scrutiny of it. We are accountable to the people in the ACT whose lives are impacted by this piece of legislation. This is a most important change because it is about putting the decision making about these important pieces of legislation not in the hands of the conservator, who is a paid official, but in the hands of the legislators.

Question put:

That Mrs Dunne’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 8

Mrs Burke

Mr Seselja

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Gentleman

Mr Quinlan

Mr Pratt

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Stanhope

Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 29 agreed to.

Clauses 30 to 33, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 34.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, and Acting Minister for Education and Training) (5.40): I seek leave to move amendments Nos 18 and 19 circulated in my name together.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I move amendments Nos 18 and 19 circulated in my name together [see schedule 4 at page 3418]. Amendment No 19 is an amendment, again, in relation to the notification provisions relating to consultation with the Aboriginal community. Amendment No 18 is just a technical amendment. I commend these amendments.


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