Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 9 Hansard (17 August) . . Page.. 3772..
MRS DUNNE (continuing):
wrong one. Flowcharts with arrows and bits and pieces all over the place do not create clarity; they create the potential for more misunderstanding.
When we are in the process of trying to make legislation more streamlined that is a retrograde step and that is why the Liberal opposition opposes these clauses. I commend to the Assembly our views on this important matter. Most people in the territory usually come into contact with the heritage unit when they are looking at development applications. I think the heritage unit should be more helpful than it has been in the past. This legislation is not the way to make it more helpful; it will just slow down the development approval process.
MR WOOD (Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Arts and Heritage, and Acting Minister for Health) (8.28): Mrs Dunne is wrong; she misunderstood the legislation. There is a deeming provision in the bill. I met with various groups of people and discussed this issue. In the end there was general agreement with the government's approach. Mrs Dunne either has not caught up with events or is misinformed. These provisions are acceptable to the community.
We simply cannot withdraw part of this legislation and still have a working document. The community has accepted these deeming provisions, so the member is not in a position to make those claims. The government opposes, and it will urge other members to oppose, the approach taken by Mrs Dunne. The government supports this provision but opposes Mrs Dunne's approach to it. She is simply wrong.
MS TUCKER (8.29): I do not support Mrs Dunne's approach to this issue. As I understand it, what she has suggested would basically change the whole process in this legislation. The Heritage Council has to work with ACTPLA within a certain timeframe.
That clauses 56 to 59 be agreed to.
The Assembly voted-
Question so resolved in the affirmative.
Clauses 56 to 59 agreed to.
Clauses 60 to 73, by leave, taken together and agreed to.