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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 3861 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

carry out this review in the next couple of years, at the appropriate time. I say, "Keep going, keep the pressure on them."

Amendments negatived.

Clause 18 agreed to.

Clause 19 agreed to.

Proposed new clause 19A.

MS TUCKER (9.41): I move amendment No 23 [see schedule 8 at page 3914].

Clause 20 of the bill adds the "commercial sterilisation of clinical waste" to the schedule of prescribed activities requiring an environmental authorisation. This is fine but I am worried by the word "commercial". It implies that sterilisation conducted by a government agency that is not operated on a commercial basis would not need an authorisation. I think that sterilisation of clinical waste should be authorised, no matter who is doing it, so my amendment removes the word "commercial".

Sterilisation of clinical waste is not a household activity. These types of waste are quite dangerous and need careful management and control. For consistency, my amendment 23 also seeks to remove the word "commercial" from the definition of "waste incineration activities".

MR CORBELL (9.42): My party will be supporting this amendment and I foreshadow that we will also be supporting the amendment that deals with the incineration of commercial sterilised waste. It is important to identify that these practices generally, whether or not conducted commercially, should be subject to environmental authorisation, and that is the reason for our support.

Proposed new clause 19A agreed to.

Clause 20.

MS TUCKER (9.43): I move amendment No 24 [see schedule 8 at page 3914].

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 20, as amended, agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Protection Orders Bill 2001

Detail Stage

Bill as a whole.

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