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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 9 Hansard (31 August) . . Page.. 2648 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

I will give a little bit more detail here. That principle in the charter says, "give special attention in decision-making to the cumulative long term and global consequences of individual and local actions; stop activities that threaten irreversible or serious harm, even when scientific information is incomplete or inconclusive". They are the critical points that really are relevant to the amendments that I am proposing, particularly about ensuring that there is information made available for future people in the ACT about what we have seen as contaminated now. Even if we think we have cleaned it up, we know very well that we can find later on, as we have with many substances, that there are serious implications, but I will talk further to that in the detail stage.

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (5.15), in reply: I thank members for their broad support for this Bill. It is an important step forward, I think, in ensuring that the ACT does have a suite of environmental legislation that covers the entire environment. I think the work done in the Urban Services Committee, and the consultation there, was very good, and I am pleased that the Government has picked up, I think, all but one of the recommendations that came out of the Urban Services Committee.

The Government believes that we have more than adequately covered the concerns that Ms Tucker raised. With that in mind, we will be opposing all of her amendments, and I will address those one by one when we discuss them. I thank members, particularly those on the Urban Services Committee, for the work they did and for the broad support for the Bill. I will address the amendments one by one.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail Stage

Clauses 1 to 6, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 7

MS TUCKER (5.16): I move amendment No. 1 circulated in my name. It reads:

Page 4, line 29, paragraph (b), omit the paragraph, substitute the following paragraph:

"(b) by inserting after paragraph (1) (k) the following paragraph:

'(ka) an order for assessment under section 91C;

(kb) an assessment under paragraph 91C (4) (a);

(kc) an environmental audit under paragraph 91C (4) (b);

(kd) a remediation order under section 91D;

(ke) an environmental audit under paragraph 91D (4) (b);

(kf) the register;'.".

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