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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 6 Hansard (7 May) . . Page.. 2039..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

The model provisions were shaped by extensive consultation. The model bill was first circulated by the National Road Transport Commission in draft form for public comment in June 2002 and was in the public domain for an extended period. The National Road Transport Commission conducted information seminars for government and industry in all jurisdictions, including two in Canberra, and convened special meetings with industry groups to discuss particular issues with the bill. Each public iteration of the bill was posted on the National Road Transport Commission's website and provided electronically to all major stakeholders.

The South Australian Department of Transport and Urban Planning coordinated a national communications campaign and conducted a national launch of the draft bill, generating considerable interest from industry and the media. In December 2004, the then Department of Urban Services joined the New South Wales Road Transport Authority in a briefing for local stakeholders on the implications of the compliance and enforcement scheme for those associated with heavy vehicle road transport.

To date, the national compliance and enforcement scheme has been introduced in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. I commend this bill to the house.

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

Distinguished visitor

MR SPEAKER: Members, I draw your attention to the presence of former member Mr David Lamont in the gallery this morning. I welcome Mr Lamont to the Assembly.

Duties Amendment Bill 2009

Ms Gallagher, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Treasurer, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Women) (10.12): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Duties Amendment Bill 2009 is a bill to amend the Duties Act 1999 in three respects. Firstly, it will amend the Duties Act to ensure that the exemption for long-term residential leases is retained when duty on short-term leases is abolished on 1 July 2009. Secondly, it will amend the Duties Act to clarify that the declaration of trust is a means of acquiring an interest in a landholder, for the purposes of landholder duty. And thirdly, it will introduce an exemption from landholder duty for top-hatting property trust restructures.

The first of these amendments is necessary in order to rectify a legislative oversight that occurred when the Duties Amendment Act 2006 (No 2) was passed in 2006. The


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