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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 10 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 3047..


Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Quinlan ) agreed to:

That leave of absence from 1 September to 21 September 2002 inclusive be given to Ms Tucker and leave of absence from 2 September to 15 September 2002 inclusive be given to Mr Berry during their absence overseas attending the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Namibia.

Motion (by Mr Stefaniak ) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Cornwell and Mrs Cross for today's sitting on the grounds of ill health.

Paper

Mr Stanhope presented the following paper:

Ministerial Travel Report for 1 April to 30 June 2002.

Heritage legislation-exposure draft

Papers and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Affairs and Minister for Women): On behalf of Mr Wood, Minister for Urban Services, for the information of members I present the following papers:

Heritage Bill 2002-Exposure draft and explanatory memorandum.

I ask for leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: It gives me immense satisfaction to bring to the Assembly today an exposure draft of a bill for reform for the ACT's heritage legislation. The exposure draft of the Heritage Bill sets out new provisions relating to the ACT Heritage Council, the ACT Heritage Register for places and objects of heritage significance to the ACT community, the consideration of heritage places in development processes, and offence provisions and incentives for the protection of our heritage.

On 2 June 2001, the previous government released for community consultation the discussion paper "ACT Heritage Legislation Reform". The discussion paper was based on the outcomes of the review of the heritage provisions within the Land (Planning and Environment) Act. While we have noted this process, we have released this bill as an exposure draft so that full consultation can occur over the next three months.

The bill currently before you is forward looking and well suited to the expectations of the ACT community.


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