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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 1 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 114..


MS TUCKER (continuing):

In the case of development applications for single houses, many houses can be approved without any public notification, provided they comply with a number of conditions listed in schedule 4 of the regulations. For example, applications for houses in areas that have not been previously developed do not have any public notification requirements. For new houses in existing residential areas, if they have at least a six-metre setback from the front boundary, are three metres from the rear boundary and 1.5 metres from the side boundary, or are only of one storey, then they can be approved without any notification of neighbours.

However, if the house does not meet these conditions, the neighbours have to be notified and comments sought. But under schedule 7 of the regulations, appeal rights for any single houses are specifically excluded. My bill simply deletes this exclusion, with the result that those house applications that are notified to neighbours will be able to be appealed against. House applications that are currently not publicly notified will not be affected by this bill.

I have also included a transitional provision in my bill so that it will apply only to development applications lodged after the bill comes into effect.

The last time I presented this bill to the Assembly it was defeated by the then Liberal government and the Independents. However, the ALP supported my bill. I hope that Mr Corbell, now that he is the Planning Minister, will continue his support for the rights of existing residents in the older suburbs to have the opportunity to protect their suburb from new housing which is completely out of context and character and may impact on neighbours' amenity.

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

Crimes Amendment Bill 2001 (No 3)

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR STEFANIAK (11.02): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, on 11 September this year the world as we know it changed forever. The terrible consequences of the dreadful attacks on New York and the Pentagon building in Washington and of the hijacking of the fourth plane in which the passengers overcame the hijackers only to have the plane crash have resulted in much change to the environment in which we live. People are less trusting and sure, there is a certain nervousness around strangers and there definitely has been a downturn in tourist travel, particularly by air.

Mr Speaker, the terrorist attacks did not finish with the attacks on 11 September, however. There have been subsequent attacks using the highly contagious agent anthrax, and those attacks have not been just within the United States of America. We have had


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