Page 464 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 21 February 2012

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I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: I thank members. Scrutiny report 48 contains the committee’s comments on 36 pieces of subordinate legislation, the education and care services national law regulation and one private member’s response. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting.

In the report the committee has commented on the education and care services national regulations. The committee would like to draw to the attention of members that these regulations are disallowable by the Assembly, but are not an ACT disallowable instrument. Rather, the regulations appear on the New South Wales legislation website. The regulations were tabled in the Assembly last week, but there was no indication to the Assembly at the time that those regulations were disallowable. The committee will be writing to the Chief Minister to explore ways in which it and the Assembly can be apprised of the existence of disallowable national law instruments. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Climate Change, Environment and Water—Standing Committee

statement by chair

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Leader, ACT Greens): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Climate Change, Environment and Water.

The Standing Committee on Climate Change, Environment and Water recently resolved to inquire into, and report on, current and potential ecotourism in the Australian Capital Territory and region, including the following matters:

a) The extent to which organisations currently deliver ecotourism activities in the region.

b) The extent to which these organisations’ ecotourism activities demonstrably contribute to, and detract from, conservation and restoration of ecosystems throughout the region.

c) The extent to which these activities contribute to the region’s economy.

d) The industry self-regulation and government regulation, including, but not limited to, accreditation and licensing, which is most likely to incentivise ecotourism activities that assist in the protection and enhancement of the region’s ecosystems.

e) The industry and government measures that are most likely to promote understanding of the biodiversity and other benefits of ecotourism organisations explicitly basing their processes and outcomes on principles of ecological sustainability.

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