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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 9 Hansard (21 September) . . Page.. 3054..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

document—the cross border settlement strategy. The cross border settlement strategy will be finalised by March 2007.

The negotiations on the settlement strategy were suspended pending the conclusion of the New South Wales planning inquiry into the development of land in the Greater Queanbeyan Council area. Now that that inquiry is complete, New South Wales and the ACT will work to finalise the settlement strategy.

The preparation of these cross border agreements represents a significant collaborative effort on the part of the three governments to come to an agreed position about the conditions by which water under the control of the ACT will be supplied to New South Wales. The settlement agreement supports the water agreement with a set of agreed principles by which sustainable settlement within the region will occur.

The regional management framework encourages a cooperative approach to resolving regional issues affecting the ACT and New South Wales. The water and settlement agreements are excellent examples of the regional management framework in action. Electronic copies of the agreements will be available on the ACT government web site shortly. I understand the Australian government will be posting the documents on its Department of Transport and Regional Services web site.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stefaniak ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Committee reports—government responses

Papers and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts): For the information of members, I present government responses to the following committee reports:

Education, Training and Young People—Standing Committee—Report 2—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2004-2005—Government response.

Health and Disability—Standing Committee—Report 2—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2004-2005—Government response.

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee—Report 2—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2004-2005—Government response.

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee—Report 19—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2004-2005—Government response.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 5—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2004-2005—Government response.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the government responses.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I am pleased to present the government's response to five standing committee reports on the annual and financial reports for 2004-05. As in previous years, I am tabling the responses to all of the standing committee reports, covering all


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