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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 3 Hansard (28 March) . . Page.. 834..


PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT - STANDING COMMITTEE
Reference - Leasehold Administration

MR MOORE (4.38): Mr Speaker, I seek leave of the Assembly to move a motion similar to the one circulated in my name.

Leave granted.

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I said "similar" because Mr Humphries has requested that I put in a reporting date; that I add, at the end of the motion circulated, "for report by 30 June 1996". Mr Speaker, the motion that I now move is this:

That:

(1) the Government take no action to implement its response to the "Stein Report" until the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment has reported on the "Stein Report" and the Government response to it; and

(2) the "Stein Report" and the Government's response be referred to the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment for report by 30 June 1996.

Mr Speaker, it is a very tight reporting time. In fact, it will be my goal to see whether we can report before that time, because we are all interested in ensuring that we move as quickly as we possibly can to get the best and most effective planning system and protection for our leasehold system. I believe that, unlike many inquiries, a lot of the work has been done. There is the report by Stein, the report by Mant and Collins, and the report by the Red Tape Task Force. Those reports that have an impact here have been available to members and I believe that all members probably, and certainly members of the Planning and Environment Committee, have read them. We already have a very good start. What I think we are seeking to do is to understand what the Government is trying to achieve and then to refer to key players within the community whether or not the goals in Stein have been addressed by the Government's response. Those are the sorts of issues, and I believe that we can do this relatively quickly.

Mr Speaker, it may also be necessary to come back to the Assembly, depending on how the timing goes, to request of the Assembly permission to report out of session; but I think the committee can deal with that. It is a matter of bringing it back to the Assembly if we need to. Finally, Mr Speaker, let me say that Mr Humphries approached me and said that they have already taken action to put advertisements in the newspapers which in one sense would pre-empt the inquiry. Provided it is made very clear to people, once they have asked for the associated papers when they respond to the advertisement, that it is subject to the report of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment,


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