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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 7 Hansard (19 October) . . Page.. 1899 ..


Debate resumed from 21 September 1995, on motion by Mr Stefaniak:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Papers and Ministerial Statement

Debate resumed from 24 August 1995, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That the Assembly takes note of the papers.

MS HORODNY (4.20): Mr Speaker, the work that has been done to develop the flora and fauna assessment criteria is significant. It is the result of thorough work by the knowledgeable group of people who formed this committee. It is critical that the spirit and sound scientific principles which form the basis for these guidelines are not ignored when development pressures might make it politically opportune. Loss of habitat and degradation of habitat can occur in many ways, such as through pollution of rivers and creeks by fertilisers and pesticides, land degradation from high impact activities such as four-wheel-drives and trail bikes, and, quite clearly, from resource extraction activities such as logging and mining.

The threats to the natural environment are not always quite so obvious. Habitat loss is, and will continue to become, an increasing problem as a result of climate change. If we are serious about protecting our natural environment and, in particular, those parts of it which are classed as rare and endangered, we must endeavour to do all we can across all sectors of the community to address environmental problems which face us. Not all which is of benefit to our environment is also considered aesthetically pleasing by all in the community. It is only the old eucalypt trees which have the significant hollows that provide a natural home to a wide range of animals, including bats, possums and birds.

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