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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 4 Hansard (17 April) . . Page.. 1011 ..

MS HORODNY (continuing):

I urge the Minister to consider very carefully the management of those very special areas within Namadgi National Park. The corroboree frog, which we are trying to protect and which now has been identified formally by the Flora and Fauna Committee as a vulnerable species, is found in Ginini Flats and nowhere else in Namadgi National Park. In order to protect this frog, we need to look at protecting Ginini Flats. That is the point that I am making.

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General and Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning) (3.11), in reply: I thank members for their support for this process. It is a continuing process, as the Leader of the Opposition indicated, and I hope that this will be followed up with a number of other appropriate declarations. I want to indicate that the Government was very pleased to be able to nominate the Ginini Flats wetlands for the purposes of the Ramsar convention held last month in Brisbane. I hope that this is the beginning of a continuing process and that further treasures will be added to its vaults, so to speak. Mr Speaker, I hope that that process, having been put in place by the Assembly, is one that we will continue to support.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Belconnen Remand Centre

MR HUMPHRIES: May I provide some more information about a question I took on notice during question time? Ms Follett asked me what free issue was in respect of the Belconnen Remand Centre. I am advised that free issue is essentially the provision of cigarettes to prisoners who cannot afford to buy them, and it does not include what is called an AIDS kit, which includes bleached condoms and information about their use. I am not quite sure why the free issue of cigarettes should have been discontinued. If Ms Follett is interested, I will find out the reason for that.

Mr Wood: Saving money.

MR HUMPHRIES: I do not know that that is the case.

Ms Follett: Yes. It is in that minute.

MR HUMPHRIES: That may be the reason. I do not know; but I am quite happy to find out, if Ms Follett is interested.

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