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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 2054 ..



provision of educational material for schools and building school and community awareness and involvement in addressing drug use problems; and

provision of resource materials to all schools for the design of their own local summits to strengthen the response of schools and communities to the challenge of drugs.

Mr Speaker, one of the most important things to emerge from the National Drug Strategic Framework and COAG involvement in the drugs issue is the commitment to a partnership approach.

The Commonwealth, States and Territories have agreed to work together to better manage the issue of illicit drugs and this means carefully drawn, explicit and practical links between education, law enforcement and treatment efforts at all levels of government and the wider community.

The ACT will respond to this challenge.

I will be working with my colleagues, the Attorney General and the Minister for Education, to develop practical ways to reduce the problems associated with drug use in the Territory.

MR MOORE: I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mr Wood ) adjourned.


Debate resumed from 4 May 1999, on motion by Ms Carnell:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR QUINLAN (4.35): You would be surprised to hear that we cannot support this Bill. It does continue the process of rendering the collection of general rates in the ACT more and more regressive. I note from the Government's reply to the Estimates Committee report that they thought that the much earlier rating system was overly progressive. I guess here we exchange our differences on the absence of real policy. The Estimates Committee, in its recommendations, asked the Government to articulate its policy towards land rates. We asked what target the Government had in making rates more regressive and what its upper limit for fixed charges was. There were two answers.

Mr Humphries: You agreed to all of this two years ago. It was your formula.

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