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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 9 Hansard (21 September) . . Page.. 3089..

market. Government intervention is not required in a market that has not failed, and in which market forces adequately balance supply and demand.

Environment ACT—restructuring

(Question No 1181)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for the Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 22 August 2006:

(1) Has the process of restructuring of the former Environment ACT been completed;

(2) How many positions have been lost;

(3) In what areas have they been lost;

(4) How many staff have (a) been moved into other positions in the ACT Government and (b) taken absences due to stress leave;

(5) Does the Office of Sustainability still exist as a discrete unit within the Department of Territory and Municipal Services;

(6) What number of staff remain in the Sustainability area;

(7) What projects is the Sustainability area working on at present;

(8) What is the work plan for the Sustainability staff over the rest of the Government's term?

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) No.

(2) The change in Environment ACT will not be known until the implementation of the new organisational structure is completed.

(3) See response to question 2.

(4) (a) Nil

(b) Nil

(5) No. Those parts of the Office of Sustainability transferred to Territory and Municipal Services have been integrated into the Sustainability Policy and Program Branch combining with Natural Resources Policy and ACT NOWaste.

(6) 38.

(7) Major projects that the Sustainability area is currently working on include:

    • Development of a draft Climate Change Strategy and initiatives for consultation in early 2007.
    • Participation and advice on various COAG and Ministerial Council committees particularly in relation to water, climate change, natural resource management and primary industry.
    • Commitments, including reporting, to the Murray-Darling Basin Commission and National Water Initiatives.

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