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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 11 Hansard (30 November) . . Page.. 3482..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

In the interest of accountability and equity, decisions to approve or refuse an application to unit title or a decision to approve or refuse an application to alter a units plan will now be appealable to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

These amendments are proposed in conjunction with the Unit Title (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2000, which will also be tabled today. The consequential provisions bill significantly amends the Land Titles (Unit Titles) Act of 1970 and also makes a range of minor amendments to other acts to give effect to the changes proposed in the main bill.

I am pleased to present this bill to the Assembly. It represents the culmination of a long and detailed review of the most significant facet of our land administration system. I am sure most members of the Assembly will agree that the new bill is an important and positive step towards a clearer and more manageable land system of ownership and administration.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell ) adjourned to the next sitting.

UNIT TITLES CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS BILL 2000

Mr Smyth , pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (11.05): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, the Unit Titles Consequential Amendments Bill 2000 forms part of the dual package of bills which clarity the rights, obligations and liabilities of people in a unit's plan. The principal legislation governing unit titles is, of course, the Unit Titles Act 1970, and that act is completely overhauled by the proposed Unit Titles Bill 2000. This consequential amendments bill amends a range of provisions in the Land Titles Act 1970 and makes a range of minor amendments to other acts to give effect to the changes proposed in the Unit Titles Bill 2000.

The bill, along with the Unit Titles Bill, has been the subject of public consultation and more detailed consultation with the ACT Law Society.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell ) adjourned to the next sitting.


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