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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 April 2021) . . Page.. 807 ..


On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank all ACT government ministers and directorate and agency officials who appeared at the public hearings and participated in the inquiry. I would also like to thank my fellow committee members, Mr Davis and Mr Cain, for their hard work in the inquiry process and in compiling the report. It was, for them, a new experience. I think that they did a very good job. It was a pleasure to work with them and I look forward to working with them again. I also want to thank the committee secretary, Danton; he is a wonderful asset to the committee. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity—Standing Committee

Report 1

DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (10.27): I present the following report:

Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity—Standing Committee—Report 1—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2019-20 and Estimates 2020-21, dated 31 March 2021, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I rise to speak to the report by the Standing Committee on Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity on its inquiry into annual and financial reports 2019-20 and budget estimates 2020-21. This is the first report of the Standing Committee on Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity. The COVID-19 public health emergency delayed the delivery of the budget for this financial year and the presentation of annual reports. As with other standing committees, the environment committee inquired into both aspects of expenditure at the same time.

On 2 and 4 March 2021, the committee held public hearings to examine the ministers responsible for the relevant portfolio areas and their officials. The report makes five recommendations, including on the topics of the management of invasive plants and animals, and lake water quality. On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank all ministers and witnesses for their attendance at the public hearings. Canberrans clearly love their environment and have a deep desire to see it managed carefully and considerately as we face climate change and increasing natural disasters.

In conclusion, I would like to thank the other members of the committee, Mr Braddock and Ms Castley, for their contributions to this inquiry. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


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