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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 4 March 2008) . . Page.. 424 ..

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: These documents are tabled in accordance with sections 31A and 79 of the Public Sector Management Act, which require the tabling of all chief executive and executive contracts and contract variations. Contracts were previously tabled on 12 February. Today I present 12 long-term contracts, 14 short-term contracts and 12 contract variations. The details are circulated to members.

Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act—regulations

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Minister for the Arts): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act, pursuant to section 7—Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition (Commonwealth Regulations) Endorsement 2008 (No 1)—Notifiable Instrument NI2008-54, dated 11 February 2008.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: As the designated person under section 6A of the ACT’s Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act, I have endorsed the proposed regulation from the commonwealth regarding the special exemptions that apply to the commonwealth’s trans-Tasman mutual recognition arrangement 1997. The trans-Tasman mutual recognition arrangement is an agreement between the commonwealth, state and territory governments of Australia and the government of New Zealand. The TTMRA 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 before mutual recognition could apply. While some progress has been made in resolving these issues, a number remain unresolved. The comprehensive work plan sponsored by the cross-jurisdictional review forum is underway to resolve the outstanding matters.

There are five remaining areas to which specialist exemptions from mutual recognition still apply. These areas are: hazardous substances, industrial chemicals and dangerous goods; 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 until April 2009. The additional time will allow

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