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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 24 August 2010) . . Page.. 3753 ..

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Leave of absence

Statement by member

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella), by leave: I had been on personal leave overseas prior to the sittings. I had the opportunity to meet with the Director of the Institute on Drugs and Drug Addiction in Lisbon, Portugal, on Monday, 16 August, on the implementation of a prison needle and syringe program trial in Portugal, which delayed my return to Australia. I will provide information from this meeting to the responsible ministers and opposition spokesperson when this is available.

When members have been absent overseas on study trips, “Assembly business” has been given as the reason for the absence. As my overseas travel and the visit to the institute were arranged at my own expense, it could not have been described as “Assembly business”: hence, after consulting the Clerk’s office, “personal reasons” was felt to be the most appropriate description of my absence.

I note that, before commencing leave, I had advised the three committees of which I am a member of the leave dates—in particular, the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs, of which I am the chair.

Climate Change, Environment and Water—Standing Committee

Report 4

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens) (10.04): I present the following report:

Climate Change, Environment and Water—Standing Committee—Report 4—Inquiry into ACT Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets—Final report—August 2010, dated 19 August 2010, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I am pleased to speak to report No 4 of the Standing Committee on Climate Change, Environment and Water, Inquiry into ACT greenhouse gas reduction targets. This final report builds on the interim report presented to the Assembly in September last year.

As members would be aware, this inquiry was referred to the standing committee in December 2008. A comprehensive interim report was presented to the Assembly in

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