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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 8 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 2204..

MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

serious consideration when they are introduced into the chamber. Our program also gives a sniff of what would come should we form government in October 2008. Of course, we are always open to better suggestions, too. A government cannot do everything through a legislative program. There are a lot of things that happen administratively; there are a lot of things that do not require the changing of acts. But there are a number of improvements that can be made by changing an act. On the whole, over the 18 or so years of operation of this Assembly, a lot of acts have been introduced by all sides which have made the lot of Canberrans better. And that is what it is all about. You cannot cover the whole gamut of government, but at the end of the day we are a Legislative Assembly.

An ACT Liberal government, as is demonstrated by this selection of initiatives from our legislative program, will certainly be committed to working closely with the Canberra community, and we are committed as an opposition to getting the priorities right, to focusing on the needs of our community and to achieving the aspirations of the community. We are about working with the community for a better Canberra. In part, a legislation program such as this goes towards achieving that aim.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission—

Report 5 of 2007—Final Report—Regulatory Reference: ACT Ambulance Service Fees and Charges, dated June 2007.

Report 7 of 2007—Final Decision and Price Direction—Retail Prices for Non-contestable Electricity Customers, dated June 2007.

Planning and Land Act

Paper and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Minister for Industrial Relations): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Planning and Land Act, pursuant to section 14—Statement of Planning Intent 2007.

This document was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: The Planning and Land Act provides me, as Minister for Planning, with the opportunity to give the ACT Planning and Land Authority a statement of planning intent. The initial statement, tabled in the Assembly in December 2003, outlined the government's key policy principles for planning for the succeeding three years. On

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