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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 3 July 2008) . . Page.. 2745 ..

Standard Time and Summer Time Amendment Bill 2008

Debate resumed from 14 February 2008, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra) (5.16): I will be brief. The bill is in accordance with an agreement reached at a meeting of the Council of Australian Governments in April last year. Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales agreed to this change. Our agreement was subject to New South Wales passing similar legislation. They did that in October 2007. I think everyone realises that daylight saving has great economic and environmental benefits. People like it. We support the bill.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Minister for Industrial Relations) (5.17), in reply: I thank the opposition for their support and the crossbench also who indicated their support for this legislation. It does provide a permanent extension of daylight saving and delivers on a long-held desire by this government to bring daylight saving in line with New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

Of course, given our existence as an island within New South Wales, the ACT government agreed on the proviso that New South Wales also change the daylight saving starting and finishing times. As this has been forthcoming, we would seek to maintain common time zones at the ACT-New South Wales border, thereby avoiding some of the disturbances that have become commonplace between New South Wales and Queensland.

It is important that we pass this legislation. The extended period will provide uniformity for business activities conducted across state borders and is consistent, as Mr Stefaniak indicated, with the Council of Australian Governments’ focus on reducing regulatory burdens. So I am very pleased to commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Firearms Amendment Bill 2008

Debate resumed from 10 April 2008, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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