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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 10 Hansard (26 November) . . Page.. 3115 ..

(d) re-submit the draft guidelines (as revised) to the Minister for approval together with a written report about the Authority's compliance with the Minister's directions and about any revision of the draft guidelines under paragraph (c).

5F. Guidelines disallowable

(1) A notice under section 5D approving environmental flow guidelines is a disallowable instrument for the purposes of section 10 of the Subordinate Laws Act 1989.

(2) Section 6 of the Subordinate Laws Act 1989 applies to environmental flow guidelines as if paragraph 6(1)(b) were omitted and the following paragraph substituted:

`(b) takes effect on the first day on which the environmental flow guidelines are no longer liable to be disallowed under this section; and'.".

This amendment was drafted in response to the Standing Committee on Urban Services' recommendation that the preparation and variation of environmental flow guidelines take into account the environmental, economic and social impact of the guidelines. The standing committee also recommended that a formal consultative process be provided for in the Bill. This is also proposed in this amendment and is similar to the consultative process already in the Bill for the water resources management plan.

MR CORBELL (5.24): The Labor Party will be supporting this amendment and thanks the Government for its response to the Urban Services Committee's recommendation. The amendment provides for a greatly improved level of preparation, variation and consultation and a range of other issues in relation to environmental flow guidelines, and we welcome the amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 6 to 13, by leave, taken together, and agreed to.

Clauses 14 and 15, by leave, taken together, and agreed to.

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