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We are working on implementing the competition policy, and I think it is a really important part of what we did at COAG this year. There are a number of things we are happily committed to doing, such as reviewing legislation and regulations affecting competition, and developing a timetable for reform of all anti-competitive regulation and legislation by the year 2000, in accordance with the Hilmer principles. Further, in line with the principles agreed to under the Hilmer reforms, we will also move to corporatise ACTEW, ACTION and ACTTAB - something Ms Follett did not quite mention.

In relation to other items on the COAG agenda, I advised members of the agreements that had been reached in relation to the reform in health and community services, public housing, and the treaty ratification process. It is good to note that in the area of health and community services more than one meeting has already occurred. We are seeing some movement in the continuity of care area, trying to break down the barriers between critical care and community care. I am pleased with what has happened already in that area.

It was a great experience for me to go to my first Premiers Conference. We do have a long way to go, as Ms Follett said. The other States and Territories do perceive the ACT to be very much newcomers and very minor players, but I am sure that as the years go by that will change.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Motion (by Mr Humphries) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Landcare Movement

MS HORODNY (4.57): Mr Speaker, I would like to draw the attention of the Assembly to the important work being done by Mary Ormay, who is a constituent in my electorate of Ginninderra. I have known Mary for many years and know few people who have worked as hard and tirelessly for the environment. Mary is one of the prime movers of the landcare movement in Canberra. She is currently the convenor of the North Belconnen Landcare Group and is strongly involved with the protection of the Ginninderra Wetlands.

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