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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 3622 ..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

These requirements exist in ACT legislation such as the Environment Protection Act 1997, the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 and the Nature Conservation Act 1980. In the case of the clearing undertaken in Namadgi, Transgrid failed to notify the ACT government of its desire to undertake the work, failed in its obligation to consult with stakeholders, and sought no clearances before commencing work. As a member of the urban services committee, Mr Corbell is aware that the government has provided advice to the committee on this issue.

The ACT government is pursuing legal action in this matter, and therefore discussion is limited to that which will ensure the best possible chance of legal success. I am sure that this Assembly would join the government in supporting that action.

Gungahlin Drive Extension

MR SMYTH :Mr Speaker, further to some answers I gave today on Caswell Drive, I will read a short paragraph from the press statement to make quite clear what I said yesterday. It said:

Whether the preferred route was in fact feasible still remains to be seen and the final route would be determined after detailed engineering and environmental studies had been undertaken. It also needed NCA approval and that of the Commonwealth minister.


MR BERRY: During question time Mr Moore took a question on notice from me. I have just been handed a statement that will assist him. It is a statement from the union in relation to these matters. I ask for leave to table the paper.

Leave granted.

MR BERRY: I present the following paper.

Endoxos-Pay rates-copy of media release from Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers' Union relating to contract employment, dated 29 August 2001.

Cleaning contract

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, during question time, the minister for housing invited me to provide him with a copy of the article from last Sunday's Sunday Times. I ask for leave to table the article for that very purpose:

Leave granted.

MR HARGREAVES: I present the following paper.

Workers Compensation-Copy of newspaper article "Businesses face workers compensation crisis".

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