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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 1 Hansard (21 February) . . Page.. 135 ..

MR DE (continuing):

In this address I have concentrated on the task force's proposed blueprint for structural and systemic reforms for business regulation in the ACT. The task force also made many recommendations relating to individual programs or functions of government which I do not have time to canvass fully today. I can advise, however, that, with the exception of those recommendations relating to changes to the land and planning system in the ACT, which must be considered concurrently with the findings of the Stein and Mant/Collins inquiries, and one other recommendation, all of the task force's recommendations have been agreed to either fully or in principle. That one other recommendation that the Government has not agreed to at this time relates to a proposal that the regulations governing auditing of solicitors' trust accounts be harmonised with those in New South Wales. The Government understands that the Law Council is currently developing proposals for uniform solicitors' trust account requirements, and it would not be efficient to move in advance of these proposals.

The establishment of the red tape task force exercise was a high-priority and high-profile commitment on the part of this Government, and I believe that the implementation of its recommendations will be treated in a similar manner. The Government has therefore agreed that the Minister for Regulatory Reform should report to the Legislative Assembly in a year's time on the progress of the implementation of the red tape task force report. I also wish to assure the Assembly that social, consumer and environmental matters will not be overlooked in the implementation of this report. It is not the intention of the Government to erode the protections afforded in the areas where they are warranted.

Debate (on motion by Mr Wood) adjourned.


MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General): Mr Speaker, pursuant to section 56 of the Betting (Totalisator Administration) Act 1964, I present the Australian Capital Territory Totalisator Administration Board report for 1994-95, including the financial statements and the Auditor-General's report. Pursuant to section 12 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989, I present the ACT Occupational Health and Safety Council report for 1994-95. For the information of members, I also present the ministerial travel schedule for the period 1 October 1995 to 31 December 1995. Finally, pursuant to standing order 83A, I present two petitions of similar wording which do not conform to standing orders, lodged by Mrs Carnell, from 249 citizens and 480 citizens, relating to education funding.

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