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Tuesday, 12 December 2006

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional owners, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 36

MR SESELJA (Molonglo): I present the following report:

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)—Scrutiny Report 36, dated 11 December 2006, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR SESELJA: Scrutiny report 36 contains the committee’s comments on six bills, nine pieces of subordinate legislation and two government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella): I seek leave to make a statement pursuant to standing order 246A relating to the inquiry by the committee into the proposed nomination of the ACT as a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

Leave granted.

MR GENTLEMAN: I am delivering this statement in my capacity as the Chair of the ACT Assembly Standing Committee on Planning and Environment on the inquiry into the proposed nomination of the ACT as a UNESCO biosphere reserve. The committee agreed last week to provide an update to Canberra, to the region and to the Assembly on progress with this important inquiry.

A biosphere reserve is a designation by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, or UNESCO, under its “man and the biosphere” program. Biosphere reserves aim to demonstrate innovation and the reconciliation of conservation and sustainable development. Biosphere reserves share their experience and ideas nationally, regionally and internationally within the world network of biosphere reserves.

If listed, the ACT biosphere would become one of more than 507 biosphere reserves in 102 countries within the UNESCO world network of biosphere reserves. The committee adopted terms of reference for this inquiry on 23 March 2006 and invited

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