Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (20 April) . . Page.. 986 ..
MR SPEAKER: For the information of members I present, pursuant to subsection 8(4) of the Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting of Proceedings) Act 1997, authorisations to broadcast given to a number of television networks and radio stations in relation to public hearings on, firstly, the inquiry into the Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance) (Amendment) Bill 1998 by the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety on 13 April 1999; and, secondly, the inquiry into education services for students with a disability by the Standing Committee on Education on 15 and 29 April 1999 and 13 May 1999.
MR SPEAKER: I present a report of a trip undertaken by Mr Hird, MLA, to Sydney between 7 and 8 April 1999 and statement of details of expenditure in accordance with the provisions of Remuneration Tribunal Determination No. 30.
MS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer): Mr Speaker, for the information of members and pursuant to section 7 of the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997, I present the endorsement of proposed regulations of the Commonwealth notified in Gazette No. S18 on 9 April 1999. I ask for leave to make a brief statement.
MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, as the designated person under subsection 5(4) of the ACT's Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997, I have endorsed proposed regulations of the Commonwealth to extend the temporary exemption of mandatory energy appliance labelling and special exemptions described in Schedule 3 of the Commonwealth's Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997.
The Commonwealth Act provides for the recognition within Australia of regulatory standards adopted in New Zealand regarding goods and occupations. It is legislation contemplated by the Trans-Tasman Recognition Agreement, a non-treaty agreement signed in 1996 between the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments of Australia and the Government of New Zealand.
The purpose of the regulation is twofold. First, it has been agreed to extend the temporary exemption for energy appliance labelling until 30 April 2000. This is in order to implement a decision by the Australia New Zealand Minerals and Energy Council to permanently exempt electrical appliances that do not comply with the mandatory energy efficiency labelling required under Australian law. Second, the regulation is to provide a further 12-month period to 30 April 2000 for special exemptions described in Schedule 3 of the Act. The purpose of the extension is to allow Australian and