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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 3 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 554..


Mr Kaine: I might as well absent myself from the debate while you go ahead and debate your own bill if you are not going to give us time to look at stuff. I don't know what to-

MR SPEAKER: Order, please! Mr Kaine, please. You are addressing the chamber. Please rise.

Mr Moore: We need to adjourn the debate.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Moore and Mr Stefaniak have already spoken. Somebody is going to have to adjourn this.

Debate (on motion by Mr Moore ) adjourned to a later hour.

Unit Titles Bill 2000

[Cognate bill:

Unit Titles Consequential Amendments Bill 2000]

Debate resumed from 1 March 2001, on motion by Mr Smyth:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SPEAKER: Is it the wish of the Assembly to debate this order of the day concurrently with order of the day No 3, the Unit Titles Consequential Amendments Bill 2000? There being no objection, that course will be followed. I remind members that in debating order of the day No 2 they may also address their remarks to order of the day No 3.

MR CORBELL (10.47) Mr Speaker, the Labor Party will be supporting this bill today, along with the Unit Titles Consequential Provisions Bill. Issues relating to the maintenance of unit title in the ACT have been conducted under a piece of legislation which is increasingly outdated and inappropriate for the current growth in unit title plans in the ACT. There have been a number of issues relating to the administration of unit title plans which create problems for the administration of those units where the plans are applying.

For example, there have been problems in relation to the application of the resolution of issues relating to deadlock in the administration of unit title plans. Unit titles have previously required the unanimous consent of all unit title holders before a proposal to provide for improvements and maintenance or changes to the administration and planning can take place. This has resulted in considerable problems for those people administering unit title plans and, further, has resulted in an inability for members of body corporates to proceed with upgrades or improvements to their administration of the unit title area. For that reason, Mr Speaker, the Labor Party believes it is important that this bill is supported today.

There is a major review of the entire unit titles process. This review has been ongoing over quite a period of years. As a member of this place I have received numerous representations from people concerned about the inadequacy of the existing legislation and the need for major improvements. This legislation undertakes those improvements


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