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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 12 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 3727..

MR OSBORNE (continuing):

I believe that this legislation is both necessary and reasonable. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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


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

Title read by Clerk.

MR OSBORNE (10.53): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, this legislation provides for the minister to construct a code of practice regarding the conduct of any kind of agent covered by the Agents Act; in particular, real estate agents. It was brought to my attention a few months ago that some real estate agents engage in the practice of putting together lists of individual street addresses and their sale price for marketing purposes. These lists are then published on a wide scale.

A person is able to find out the sale price of an individual property from PALM by going through certain procedures. However, I believe that it is an unacceptable intrusion to have that information then widely distributed, especially for the commercial gain of an unrelated third party. This bill requires the minister to develop a code for real estate agents to stop that practice. So that members can gain a better understanding of the type of marketing document I am referring to, I seek leave to table a typical example.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: I present the following paper:

Residential sales - Copy of letter to Higgins, ACT, residents from Marketing Executive, LJ Hooker Kippax relating to recent house sales and prices in Higgins.

I supported legislation of Mr Berry's earlier in the year in relation to employment agents, and I hope that members will see fit to support my bill.

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


MR CORBELL (10.55): I move:

That this Assembly requires the Minister for Urban Services to not proceed with the proposed sale and release of the Mawson/Athllon Drive Corridor until the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services has reviewed the appropriateness of the Residential Land Use designation of the land and the Government has presented its response to the Committee's report.

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