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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 10 Hansard (26 November) . . Page.. 3107 ..

Detail Stage

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clause 2

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (5.02): Mr Deputy Speaker, I move:

Page 1, line 12, subclause (3), omit "6", substitute "12".

The Bill currently proposes that some parts of the Act be implemented immediately and the remaining provisions of the Act start after six months if not commenced earlier. This amendment extends that period to 12 months.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary explanatory memorandum? It might have been circulated.

MR SMYTH: It should have been circulated. I think it was circulated on Tuesday. I present the supplementary explanatory memorandum.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 3 agreed to.

Clause 4

MS TUCKER (5.04): I move amendment No. 1 circulated in my name and present an explanatory memorandum:

Page 2, line 16, definition of "allocation", omit the definition.

This amendment is a consequential amendment. It is part of a package of amendments that delete the provisions of the Bill relating to the sale and trading of water allocations. While this amendment is fairly minor, we might as well have the debate on my package of amendments now because, if this amendment fails, many of my other amendments will cease to have effect. I should note, however, that some of my amendments are not related to the water trading issue.

My package of amendments deletes all references to water allocations in the Bill, leaving the control of water to be handled solely by the proposed licensing system. A key amendment for deleting the provision for water allocations is the one to delete the whole of Part VI of the Bill, which refers to the allocation of water. I believe that the Bill can still operate effectively without this part. It would just mean that the management of water would be done through the licensing scheme set up in other parts of the Bill.

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