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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 8 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 2738 ..

MRS DUNNE (continuing):

conference is an annual meeting of all relevant Australian and New Zealand parliamentary committees, hosted by a different state or territory each year.

This year's conference was hosted by the Economics and Industry Committee of the Parliament of Western Australia, and focused very strongly on the abatement of greenhouse emissions; the protection of the environment; the promotion of regional development and co-operation; sustainable development; and the environment.

This conference was directly relevant to the committee's current inquiry into renewable energy and sustainability, which we have had before us for some time. The conference was afforded a wealth of experience from a wide range of experts, a substantive subject matter and contacts that are proving to be of immense benefit to the committee in formulating its report to the Assembly.

The committee is aiming to table its first report as part of a series of reports as part of the inquiry in the September sittings. The conference covered the path to sustainability for Australia and its regions and regional government, regional sustainability and sustainable resources development.

We looked at the WA sustainability strategy and regional development strategies; sustainability with an industry perspective-with presentations from BP, Gorgon, Rio Tinto, Hamersley Iron, Woodside, BHP Billiton and the Pilbara Development Commission-the sustainable approach to energy enterprises, regional development and indigenous governments; horizontal equalisation; and the sustainability of regional development.

The report gives details of much that we covered and, on behalf of the members of the committee, I would like to express appreciation to the Speaker for affording us the approval to attend this very valuable conference and to provide a valuable return on investment, which will be shown in the committee's forthcoming reports. I urge members to look at the report and come to us with issues they find of value. I move:

That the report be noted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Suspension of standing and temporary orders

MR CORBELL (Minister for Health and Planning) (11.00): I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent notice No 2, Assembly business, relating to the disallowance of Variation No 200 to the Territory Plan being called on forthwith.

The disallowance proposed by Mrs Dunne to variation 200 to the Territory Plan is required to be resolved by the Assembly this sitting week-indeed, by close of business today-if an automatic disallowance is not to take effect. For those purposes, I proposed that, instead of variation 200 being dealt with as a disallowance during its regular time, Assembly business on Thursday, it be dealt with today.

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