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All of the rangers are authorised persons; all of them. If I were sitting outside a charity bin with a mattress under my arm and I saw a bloke wearing an urban services uniform with a name tag on it, I reckon there would be a pretty good chance that that guy was an authorised inspector, especially if he had a ticket book in his hand and he said, “Mr Hargreaves, I am going to give you a ticket,” particularly when you consider that the penalty for anybody who would ever want to impersonate an inspector—for example, a litter vigilante—is 10 penalty units. That is the maximum penalty. Ten penalty units is a fairly stiff fine for having a ticket book and impersonating a ranger.

If before this morning the opposition had thought about this matter a little bit more, had thought about it in relation to health inspection, had thought about what redress people have if the request to produce ID is refused, and had a good look at what we have actually got in this amendment bill, perhaps we would not be wasting our time quite so much. The government will not be supporting the amendment.

Amendment negatived.

Bill, as a whole, agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Tree Protection Bill 2005

Debate resumed from 17 March 2005, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.25): The Tree Protection Bill 2005 replaces the Tree Protection (Interim Protection) Act 2001 and is an immediate successor to the Tree Protection Bill 2004, which, mercifully, lapsed at the end of the last Assembly. This bill allows householders and others to conduct minor pruning of trees and allows people to make oral application, in the worst case, to get rid of a tree where circumstances require the application to be considered urgently. That is some improvement upon the current regime.

We need to address ourselves to what is tree protection. In this bill there are two types of trees. There are registered trees—that is, trees registered under part 7 of the act—that fit the criteria for a notifiable instrument in that they have intrinsic heritage value, have particular importance due to their substantial contribution to the surrounding landscape or have scientific value. In addition, a tree that contributes to the value of those trees is also considered important. What you have to do is to consider the tree in its landscape context and that means that trees in the vicinity are also considered important.

The government has created the concept of a registered tree, which is an important tree, and the way that such trees may fit into their context, which means that an important tree’s mate is also important in the course of this legislation. In addition, there is a regulated tree, which by all terms is essentially a big tree. Both of these will end up being managed within the built-up area of a tree management precinct. The minister may declare land in a built-up area to be a tree management precinct.

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