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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 13 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4826 ..

MR STANHOPE: I thank Mr Pratt for his question. I am not reducing the environmental flows. That is a decision that is taken by the Environmental Defender. It is not taken by me. The answer to the question is that I have not done that.

Mr Smyth: You have abrogated your responsibility to the Environmental Defender?

MR STANHOPE: Look at the act, mate!

Ms MacDonald: Don't forget to take your direction from Vicki!

MR PRATT: How about you take some direction, Ms MacDonald? Minister, is it not the case that the only way to maintain environmental flows in times of reduced rainfall is to increase our water storage?

MR STANHOPE: I would think not, Mr Speaker. I would think that the capacity to maintain environmental flows would depend on the amount of water in the system so, if it rains a lot, there is a lot of water and, if it does not rain much, there is not much water. That determines the capacity of those who make the decision in relation to environmental flows to decide how much water will flow. It is not just about our capacity to store water, it is also about how much rain falls.

Mr Speaker, I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Draft water strategy

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, I would like to correct an answer I just gave. I referred to the Environmental Defender when I of course meant the Environmental Protector.


Mr Stanhope presented the following papers:

Ministerial Travel Reports-

1 January 2003 to 31 March 2003

1 April 2003 to 30 June 2003

1 July 2003 to 30 September 2003.

Mr Quinlan presented the following paper:

Territory Owned Corporations Act, pursuant to section 19(3)-ACTTAB-Statement of Corporate Intent-1 July 2003 to 30 June 2004.

Pharmacies-establishment in supermarkets

Assembly resolution-government response

MR CORBELL (Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

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