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Thursday, 13 August 2009
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Mr ALBANESE (Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government) (10:47 AM) —in reply—I thank all members, including the member for Longman, for participating in the debate and for supporting this legislation. The Road Transport Reform (Dangerous Goods) Repeal Bill 2009 will repeal the Road Transport Reform (Dangerous Goods) Act 1995 so as to allow the ACT government to implement the updated Australian Dangerous Goods Code and the associated model legislation into its own legislative arrangements in the same manner as the other states and territories. The ACT cannot implement the updated code and associated model legislation, which has been endorsed by ministers at the Australian Transport Council, until the Australian government repeals the existing dangerous goods transport legislation. The repeal completes a longstanding commitment by the Australian government and the states and territories to repeal any road transport legislation that has been enacted by the Commonwealth on behalf of the ACT once that legislation is no longer necessary. I commend the bill to the House.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.

Ordered that this bill be reported to the House without amendment.