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The proposed amendment will bring ACT legislation into line with modern soil conservation legislation and provide for speedier enforcement action, a simplified appeals process and penalties consistent with current practice. The Government will, however, continue to focus its soil conservation efforts on encouraging community involvement in Landcare and a responsible approach to natural resource management. Application of a soil conservation order will continue to be used as a last resort where there is blatant disregard for community values and legislative intent. I commend this Bill to the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Mr Wood) adjourned.
STANDING COMMITTEES - RESOLUTION OF APPOINTMENT
MR MOORE (11.06): I move:
That the resolutions of the Assembly of 9 March 1995 establishing the Standing Committees of the Assembly be amended by:
(1) omitting from paragraph (1)(a) of the resolution relating to General Purpose Standing Committees the following words:
(a) “economic development,”; and
(b) “science and technology,”;
(2) omitting the heading “Tourism and ACT Promotion - Standing Committee” from the resolution so titled and substituting “Economic Development and Tourism - Standing Committee”; and
(3) inserting before the words “the impact” in paragraph (1)(a) of the resolution relating to the Standing Committee on Tourism and ACT Promotion the following words: “matters related to economic development, science and technology and”.
This motion is an amendment in relation to the general purpose standing committees. The intention is to try to ensure that the current Standing Committee on Tourism and ACT Promotion is given a wider range of responsibilities so that it can also deal with areas such as economic development and science and technology. In my discussion with Ms Tucker over the last little while, she had some difficulty with the area of science and technology, which effectively comes out of the current Planning and Environment Committee along with economic development. The current Planning and Environment Committee is subject to discussion. Certainly, there are ongoing discussions as to whether the Planning and Environment Committee should be divided into two committees. I would like to assure members that I do not see this as in any way undermining those discussions. We should continue those discussions and, if it is appropriate to split the Planning and Environment Committee, then that should come back to the Assembly.