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Tuesday, 1 April 2008

The Assembly met at 10.30 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair, 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 52

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra): I present the following report:

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)—Scrutiny Report 52, dated 31 March 2008, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: Scrutiny report 52 contains the committee’s comments on three bills, 24 pieces of subordinate legislation, one government response and two regulatory impact statements. 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): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment relating to a new inquiry.

At a recent meeting of the committee, it resolved to conduct an inquiry into the Namadgi national park draft plan of management, recognising the high level of community interest. The committee will investigate and inquire into issues relating to the Namadgi national park draft plan of management, specifically:

• the administration of the consultation process during the development of the draft plan of management;

• the effectiveness of consultation with key stakeholders;

• the nature and level of participation by the interim Namadgi advisory board in developing the draft plan of management;

• Namadgi national park’s value as a biodiversity conservation area and as part of a greater regional conservation corridor, including catchment protection and fire management issues; and

• any other relevant matter.

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