Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . .

Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (22 April) . . Page.. 1135 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

That crossover and confusion between the two roles is damaging to the estimates concept. I believe that the amendments should be supported. I hope that they will achieve a better focus on the real issues that the budget and, in turn, the annual reports give rise to.

MR CORBELL (11.06): We were made aware of the amendments only 10 minutes ago. We are happy to resolve the question today, Mr Speaker, but we would like to adjourn the matter to a later hour this day. I move:

That the debate be adjourned to a later hour this day.

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Community Safety and Minister Assisting the Treasurer): I seek leave to speak to the motion.

Leave granted.

MR HUMPHRIES: I have a concern about the fact that we have a deadline today to nominate people to the committee.

Ms Tucker: That is not a problem.

MR HUMPHRIES: Okay. As long as members are prepared to allow some flexibility with that, I am content.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Debate adjourned.


Report on Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - Government Response

Debate resumed from 23 March 1999, on motion by Mr Smyth:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

MS TUCKER (11.07): I have now had the time to look at the details of the Government's response to the report on the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve management plan and I must say that I am disappointed with it. It is quite obvious that the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve contains two distinct zones - the partly cleared valley floor, which contains the animal enclosures and picnic facilities, and the surrounding mountain ranges, which are still largely in their natural state and which, it is acknowledged, contain some wilderness value. Unfortunately, I am not sure that these two zones are being managed equally. I have heard some reports that the Government's emphasis on promoting Tidbinbilla as a tourist attraction has meant that management resources are being focused more on the valley floor facilities and that conservation management tasks in the mountain zone, such as feral animal and weed control, have had to be downgraded.

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . .