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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 7 Hansard (24 September) . . Page.. 2191 ..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

The role of the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Coordination Network will include applying international and national best practice, set out in source documents such as the OECD's Pesticide Risk Reduction Strategy and the National Strategy for the Management of Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals; the promotion of integrated pest management principles to ensure a holistic approach to pest management; and also the development of standard form contracts which, amongst other things, will require the use of those registered agricultural and veterinary chemicals for pest control activities that have been assessed as being both effective as pest control substances and of lowest practicable environmental and public health hazard.

A pamphlet will be made available to the ACT community detailing all contact points within ACT and Commonwealth governments where the already extensive range of environmental, public health and occupational health and safety information, on the use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals, can be provided.

Mr Speaker, overall, I believe that in its response to the commissioner's report the Government has taken a positive step in ensuring that the ACT community can feel confident that ACT government agencies are using pest control chemicals appropriately and in accordance with the highest standards of best practice. I ask that the motion be agreed to.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services): Mr Speaker, pursuant to section 6 of the Subordinate Laws Act 1989, I present Subordinate Laws Nos 214 and 215 of 1998, being determinations of criteria for direct grant of a lease for block 6, section 30, Braddon and block 5, section 30, Braddon respectively, made under subsection 161(5) of the Land Act 1991 and notified in Gazette No. S196, dated 21 September 1998.

Report on Mental Health Strategic Plan 1998-2001 - Government Response and
Ministerial Statement

MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care) (3.31): Mr Speaker, I seek leave of the Assembly to make a ministerial statement, which is the Government's response to Report No. 1 of the Standing Committee on Health and Community Care on the Mental Health Strategic Plan 1998-2001, which was presented to the Assembly on 27 August 1998.

Leave granted.

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