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New Zealand. The mutual recognition arrangement allows goods to be traded freely and enhances the freedom of individuals to work in both countries.

When the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement was signed in 1997, exemptions were made in industry areas where it was thought that mutual recognition had the potential to generate net benefits, but where there were issues outstanding that needed resolution. While some progress has been made resolving these issues, a number remain unresolved.

The comprehensive work plan sponsored by the cross-jurisdictional review forum is under way to resolve the outstanding matters. There are five remaining areas of special exemption: hazardous substances, therapeutic goods, road vehicles, gas appliances and radio communications standards.

The Prime Minister has written to me supporting the rolling over of the current special exemptions for a further 12 months. This additional time will allow relevant cooperation programs to continue to address the remaining differences between Australian and New Zealand laws and regulations.

States and territories endorse the changes to the arrangement of special exemptions by gazetting the regulation in their respective gazettes or, in the ACT, by notifying the instrument on the ACT Legislation Register.

Cultural Facilities Corporation

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, and Acting Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Business, Minister for Tourism, Minister for Sport and Recreation, and Minister for Racing and Gaming): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Cultural Facilities Corporation Act, pursuant to subsection 15 (2)—Cultural Facilities Corporation—Quarterly report—Second quarter 2005-2006 (1 October to 31 December 2005)

MR STANHOPE: I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: As members are aware, the Cultural Facilities Corporation delivers a range of arts and cultural programs and services for access by the ACT community. Under the Cultural Facilities Corporation Act, the Cultural Facilities Corporation is required to provide quarterly reports. I am pleased to say the corporation has completed its report for the second quarter, and I present this report for information.

From the first quarter report members can see that the corporation delivered a diverse range of programs and activities for the benefit of the community through its theatres, galleries and historic places. The key highlights in this latest report are that the Canberra Museum and Gallery’s education program for young children attracted

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