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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 25 March 2010) . . Page.. 1486 ..

However, it is worth mentioning that amendments have been made to a range of acts and regulations that comprise the road transport legislation, to remove duplication of standard definitions. Definitions common to the road transport legislation, including Australian Transport Council, driver, motor vehicle and road transport authority—or authority—have been omitted from various acts and regulations and relocated to the Road Transport (General) Act 1999 dictionary. This act already contains definitions that are applicable to other road transport legislation; so it was logical to centrally locate other relevant definitions into the dictionary to make the road transport legislation more user friendly.

New notes that cross-refer to terms to find in the Road Transport (General Act) 1999 dictionary have been inserted in the dictionaries of the amended acts and regulations, to assist users. This will be an ongoing process that will be continued in future statute law amendment bills.

In addition to the explanatory notes in the bill, the parliamentary counsel is also available to provide any further explanation or information that members would like about any of the amendments made by the bill. The bill, while minor and technical in nature, is another important building block in the development of a modern and accessible ACT statute book that is at the leading edge in Australia, and I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Water Resources Amendment Bill 2010

Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.23): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Water Resources Amendment Bill 2010 is an important piece of legislation that will further promote the sustainable and efficient management of water in the ACT. It will bring all water in the ACT under a single management regime and facilitate the implementation of national water initiative commitments.

At the advent of self-government in the ACT, the commonwealth retained control of the land in certain areas of the territory, principally the parliamentary triangle and the water on and under that land. Since that time, successive ACT governments have struggled with managing one water resource being split between two legal entities. Sensible management arrangements would bring all water in the ACT under one management system. The commonwealth is now prepared to transfer management of

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