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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 9 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 3222..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

planning legislation to respond to commonwealth and territory economic stimulus and other similar measures.

One of the bills will propose to transition those modifications that have been made by regulation that will otherwise expire on 31 March 2010. The other bill will make changes to several processes. These include technical variations to the territory plan, direct grants of leases, transfer restrictions on leases, triggers for environmental impact statements, exchange of information with ACT Revenue Office and concessional leases.

The Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004 is also to be amended to broaden the range of construction occupations in section 7 of the act. At the same time a new construction occupation class is to be created under part 6 of the Construction Occupations Licensing Regulation. This will be for the purpose of certifying on-site development works associated with multi-unit and mixed use developments.

Finally, the government will look to introduce legislative amendments in relation to welfare and safety of livestock and domestic animals. The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill will implement the recommendation of the Primary Industry Ministerial Council in relation to national codes and their enforcement. The council endorsed the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for the land transport of livestock, replacing seven model codes of practice for such transport. Further industry consultation will occur before the standards are given legislative effect.

Mr Speaker, these reflect only some of the government's legislative priorities for meeting the present challenges in improving governance of the territory. I look forward to the Assembly's support for the proposed initiatives so as to deliver better outcomes for Canberra and its citizens. I commend the program to the Assembly.

Intergovernmental agreements

Papers and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Intergovernmental agreements—

Australian Consumer Law, dated 2 July 2009.

Business Names Agreement, dated 2 July 2009.

Business Online Services—Heads of Agreement, dated 2 July 2009.

Closing the Gap: National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development, dated 2 July 2009.

National Licensing System for Specified Occupations, dated 30 April 2009.

National Partnership Agreement on Energy Efficiency, dated 2 July 2009.

National Partnership Agreement on Essential Vaccines, dated July 2009.


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