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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 8 Hansard (27 October) . . Page.. 2236 ..


Inquiry into School Bus Services - Alteration to Reporting Date

MR HIRD (10.32): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move a motion to alter the reporting date for the inquiry by the Standing Committee on Urban Services into school bus services.

Leave granted.

MR HIRD: I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 20 May 1998 referring school bus services to the Standing Committee on Urban Services for inquiry and report be amended by omitting "27 October 1998" and substituting "29 October 1998".

Mr Speaker, this motion is a formality. On 20 May this year, the parliament directed the Standing Committee on Urban Services to inquire into and report on ACTION bus services for school children. The committee has received 27 submissions and has conducted two public hearings. We are nearly ready to report.

The parliament asked us to report today, but there are a couple of outstanding matters we need to finalise. We expect to complete those tomorrow. This means that we will be able to table our report in the parliament on this coming Thursday.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Report on Environment Protection (Amendment) Legislation - Exposure Draft

MR HIRD (10.33): Pursuant to order of the Assembly of 25 June 1998, as amended on 27 August and 22 September 1998, I present Report No. 10 of the Standing Committee on Urban Services, entitled "Environment Protection (Amendment) Bill 1998: Exposure Draft", together with extracts from the minutes of proceedings. I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, it is with pleasure that I table the committee's report on the exposure draft of the Environment Protection (Amendment) Bill 1998. The exposure draft was referred to us by the Minister for Urban Services on 25 June this year. The committee called for public comment on the exposure draft. We received six submissions, each of them important. We conducted one public hearing on the Bill. Our report summarises each submission and adds a comment by the committee where appropriate.

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