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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 20 October 2010) . . Page.. 4794 ..


MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, you do not wish to move any amendments to Mr Corbell’s amendment at this point?

MRS DUNNE: Not yet.

Amendment agreed to.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (7.44): I seek leave to move amendments Nos 1 to 3 circulated in my name together.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Excuse me, I have just been told you cannot do that. The good point is made that Mr Corbell’s amendment took everything out of the original motion; so your amendments do not quite make sense because they were based on—

MR RATTENBURY: I am aware of that and I would like to propose a change in numbering if and when I get to speak. I seek leave to move amendments Nos 1 to 3 together.

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: I am aware that in my amendments now there are some slight numbering difficulties. As I move through them, I will make some proposals as I go, if that is agreeable and possible.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Yes.

MR RATTENBURY: I move:

(1) Insert new paragraph (1)(c):

“(c) that CSIRO has predicted an almost 50% reduction in average long-term inflows into the ACT’s catchments;”.

(2) Omit paragraph (2), substitute:

“(2) welcomes the recent high rainfall as a result of this year’s La Nina weather pattern and the opportunity to enjoy the temporary benefits of moving from Stage 2 Water Restrictions to Permanent Water Conservation Measures on 1 November with water storage levels now at 87%;”.

(3) Insert new paragraph (3)(f):

“(f) publish on the ACTEW website clear information about when changes to water restrictions are triggered;”.

Amendment 1 simply picks up the observation that I made in my earlier speech. I think it is valuable to note the CSIRO predictions and the impact that they will have on our long-term inflows. I think it is self-explanatory.


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