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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 9 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 3229..


MR BARR (continuing):

around our town centres. The concept behind the proposals is for transit-oriented development with the creation of compact, walkable communities centred on high-quality public transport systems.

Due to the extensive consultation that has taken place and the limited number of submissions, I have chosen to exercise my discretion under section 73 of the Planning and Development Act and not refer the draft variation to the planning and environment committee. I believe that the issues raised in public submissions have been satisfactorily responded to in the consultation report or can be resolved through ongoing consultation with the key stakeholders. I table the approved variation to the territory plan.

Revised explanatory statements

Papers 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 papers:

Planning and Development Act—Revised explanatory statements—

Planning and Development Regulation 2008—Subordinate Law SL2008-2.

Planning and Development Amendment Regulation 2008 (No 1)—Subordinate Law SL2008-8.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to these papers.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: I am pleased to table the revised explanatory statements for the planning and development regulation 2008 and the planning and development amendment regulation 2008. The planning and development regulation 2008 and its associated explanatory statement were notified on the ACT Legislation Register on 3 March 2008, and the planning and development amendment regulation 2008 and its associated explanatory statements were also notified on the ACT legislation register on 27 March 2008.

The scrutiny of bills and subordinate legislation committee subsequently reported on the regulations and their accompanying explanatory statements and commented in both cases that the explanatory statements could have been more comprehensive in some respects. As a result, the explanatory statements have been revised with a view to addressing the concerns of the scrutiny of bills committee.

The revised explanatory statement for the planning and development regulation now includes a discussion of issues surrounding the use of a strict liability offence in the regulation and a discussion about how the regulation affects third party appeal exemptions. The revised explanatory statement for the planning and development amendment regulation now includes a discussion of defences to strict liability offences and corrects a typographical error.


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