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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 4145 ..


Debate resumed from 25 November 1999, on motion by Mr Smyth:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CORBELL (5.15): Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, the Labor Party will be supporting the Water Resources Amendment Bill. This Bill is essentially technical in nature and makes provisions for the collection of fees and charges under the Water Resources Act, such as abstraction charges, to be collected differently from the way provided for under the Act. Currently under the Act these fees can only be collected within 28 days after the end of the previous financial year to which the charge relates. The point of this amendment is simply the way the Government collects the fee during the year when the charge is to be applied. As such, it is simply an administrative arrangement which the Labor Party is quite happy to support.

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (5.16), in reply: Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, I thank the Assembly for their support on this. It is simply an administrative matter that allows the collection of the fees in a more timely manner.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Detail Stage

Clause 1

Debate resumed from 7 December 1999.

Clause agreed to

Clauses 2 to 10, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 11

MS TUCKER (5.17): I move:

Page 8, line 32, after subclause (1), insert the following subclause:

"(1A) For paragraph (1) (a), of the 6 persons appointed by the Minister-

(a) 1 of those persons must be a resident of south Canberra who is familiar with the diversity of interests of the residents of Kingston and surrounding suburbs; and

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