Page 3627 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 26 August 2008

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Children and Young People Act 2008—Children and Young People Official Visitor Appointment 2008 (No 2)—Disallowable Instrument DI2008-207 (LR, 19 August 2008).

Environment Protection Act—

Environment Protection Amendment Regulation 2008 (No 1)—Subordinate Law SL2008-34 (LR, 14 August 2008).

Environment Protection Amendment Regulation 2008 (No 2)—Subordinate Law SL2008-35 (LR, 14 August 2008).

Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act—Mental Health (Treatment and Care) (Official Visitors) Appointment 2008 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2008-208 (LR, 18 August 2008).

Planning and Development Act—Planning and Development (Land Rent) Policy Direction 2008 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2008-203 (LR, 14 August 2008).

Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Regulation 2000—Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Parking Authority Declaration 2008 (No 6)—Disallowable Instrument DI2008-205 (LR, 14 August 2008).

Taxation Administration Act—Taxation Administration (Amounts payable—Utilities (Network Facilities Tax)) Determination 2008 (No 2)—Disallowable Instrument DI2008-204 (LR, 14 August 2008).

Canberra airport development

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR SPEAKER: I have received letters from Mrs Burke, Mrs Dunne, Dr Foskey, Mr Gentleman, Ms MacDonald, Mr Mulcahy, Ms Porter, Mr Pratt, Mr Seselja, Mr Smyth and Mr Stefaniak proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, I have determined that the matter proposed by Dr Foskey be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The benefits to the Canberra community of a more thoughtful approach to Canberra Airport development, including the imposition of a curfew.

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (3.58): The issue of a curfew on the arrival and departure of aeroplanes at Canberra airport is of great concern to Canberra residents, although some will not realise it until they find themselves being kept awake night after night by the sound of an aircraft breaking the silence. The Greens do not oppose the expansion of services at the Canberra airport per se, but a number of plans outlined in the preliminary draft master plan do concern us. We expressed these in our submission to the airport, which not only receives the public input but also advises the federal minister on the content. There is a blatant case of the fox watching the chooks. Members should note that we still await the final master plan.

Six or seven residents groups and community councils have joined forces to form a coalition called Curfew 4 Canberra, specifically to alert the community and to lobby governments on the issues that I am raising today. Their concerns include—this is a quote from the draft master plan:

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