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project against the code requirements. This shows that proper environmental impact analysis will still take place under the new code assessment process.

In 2016-17, the parks and conservation service completed seven ESOs for works in reserves. In the 2017-18 year to date, the parks and conservation service has completed four ESOs. Putting this all together, the expected time savings from the bill today are about 77 person days per year, freeing up ACT government staff to better direct their time towards delivering quality outcomes for the ACT’s reserves.

Madam Speaker, in summary, the introduction of the code of practice will create administrative efficiencies that will free up time and resources within the parks and conservation service to be better directed towards important land management and conservation work. The amendments in the bill strike a balance between maintaining important oversight of potential environmental impacts in our reserves, while removing unnecessary administrative burden.

The bill does not reduce the assessment of works by the territory in reserves; rather, it finds a more efficient and better way of undertaking this assessment so that limited resources are used more effectively.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Kurrajong electorate—one year on in the Ninth Assembly

MS LEE (Kurrajong) (6.33): One year ago today I stood in this chamber and pledged to faithfully serve the people of the Australian Capital Territory as a member of the Legislative Assembly and to discharge my obligation according to law. And, Madam Speaker, each morning of every sitting day, as you did this morning, when you say the words, “Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory,” I reaffirm this pledge and silently ask myself: “How can I achieve that today?”

Today, as it was one year ago, I acknowledge the great privilege that the people of Kurrajong have afforded me in trusting me to represent them. And today, as it was one year ago, it is a duty I take very seriously. One year on, I reflect on the good, the bad and the ugly, the highs and the lows and the downright random, the achievements, the things I could have done better and, most importantly, an acknowledgement of so much more that I need to do to be the best elected member that I can be.

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