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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (7 August) . . Page.. 2486 ..

MR SMYTH: Under the National Environment Protection Council Act 1994, the government is required to table the report of the review of the national environment protection acts by 15 September 2001. The National Environment Protection Council endorsed the report of the review at its meeting on 29 June 2001. The review is a statutory requirement of the act and has considered the operation of the act and the extent to which its objectives have been met.

Dr Donald McMichael was commissioned by the council to undertake an independent review and he consulted government and non-government stakeholders. NEPC used this review to develop the review report. The recommendations of the review are generally of a minor and technical nature, and include improvements such as out-of-session voting on non-statutory decisions. No comments were received from non-government stakeholders. The ACT government's views have been incorporated into the report of the review. Agency comments have been incorporated in the submission. It is anticipated that no additional financial resources will be required to implement the recommendations of the review.

COAG agreed on 8 June to form an Environment Protection and Heritage Council, which will cover all of the matters currently dealt with by NEPC, the non-natural resource management issues of ANZEC and the heritage ministers meeting. Proposals to amend the act will be brought forward in 2002.


Mr Moore presented the following papers:

Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 26-Quarterly departmental performance reports for the June quarter 2000-2001 for the departments of:

Chief Minister.

Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts.

Department of Health, Housing and Community Care.

Minister for Urban Services (Schedule 2); and


Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements, unless otherwise stated) and commencement provisions

Subordinate Laws Act, pursuant to section 6-

Adoption Act-Determination of fees-Instrument No 162 of 2001 (S40, dated 29 June 2001).

Agents Act-

Appointments to the Agents Board of the Australian Capital Territory-

Chair/member-Instrument No 164 of 2001 (No 27, dated 5 July 2001).

Members-Instrument No 165 of 2001 (No 27, dated 5 July 2001).

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