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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 7 August 2008) . . Page.. 2999 ..

Thursday, 7 August 2008

The Assembly met at 10.30 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mr Mulcahy, from 40 residents:

Gungahlin Drive extension

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that: the recently completed Gungahlin Drive Extension has not solved the problems of Gungahlin residents commuting in peak times.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to: to begin work as soon as possible to expand the Gungahlin Drive Extension to meet the needs of ACT residents.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister, the petition was received.

Duties Amendment Bill 2008 (No 2)

Mr Stanhope, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

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) (10:32): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Duties Amendment Bill 2008 (No 2), the bill, amends the Duties Act 1999, the Duties Act. The proposed amendment gives effect to the green vehicles duty scheme, action 7 of the government’s Weathering the Change climate change action plan. This amendment will allow differential duty rates to be set for the registration of new vehicles, based on vehicle environmental performance.

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