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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . . Page.. 975 ..

MR WOOD (continuing):

The model set out in this legislation proposes a records management regime suitable for the ACT. Agencies will be developing a records management program that meets their needs in supporting the functions that they undertake. These records management programs will respond to centrally established standards to ensure that community expectations are met in relation to accountability and access. This is framework legislation and does not preclude future options available under the bill for providing a territory archive, including a centralised facility. As work proceeds, consideration can be given to the most cost-effective options for giving effect to our territory records regime.

This legislation and the Freedom of Information Act 1989 are closely aligned. Records in general will be open for public access when they are 20 years old. However, some records-for example, those containing information of a private and personal nature-will not be open for public access at this time. This legislation will apply to records in all formats, including paper and electronic records. It will also apply to all types of records in the custody of the ACT government. One particular type of record that I wish to note will be those records that may enable people to make links with their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.

In preparing this legislation, the department has been supported by many throughout the community. I know that we will be creating a high level of expectation. The legislation will be implemented progressively, with agencies commencing work immediately on preparing their records management programs. The final part, the access provisions, will commence in 2007.

The ACT has an evolving history and this has been documented in both our own records and those transferred from the Commonwealth. When open for public access, we will be able to view a most exciting resource.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Cross ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Planning and Environment-Standing Committee

Proposed reference

MRS DUNNE (10.49): Mr Speaker, I move:

That the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment inquire and report on options for renewable energy strategy for the ACT with particular reference to the feasibility of alternative technologies such as:

(a) building wind turbines for power generation on suitable sites;

(b) development of solar-generated electricity facilities;

(c) construction of two recommended mini-hydro generating plants;

(d) the application of geo-thermal power; and

(e) the immediate and longer-term potential of other emerging technologies.

In addition to specific technologies, the Committee is asked to report on:

(1) the feasibility of renewable energy sources providing all the Territory's energy needs; and

(2) the appropriateness of setting targets for renewable energy use.

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