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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 2 Hansard (25 February) . . Page.. 728..


MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo): I am sorry it had to become such a process to simply make a couple of observations. I wanted to simply make a couple of comments in response to Mr Seselja's observations on the Greens' vision for Molonglo.

Mr Seselja: That is not what you asked, though. You asked to respond to the minister.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Rattenbury, you are making a response to the minister's statement on planning intent, not Ms Le Couteur's statement about her plan.

MR RATTENBURY: Madam Deputy Speaker, I would ask for your ruling on the fact that Mr Seselja saw fit to make substantial comments on the Greens' policy proposal. What is the Deputy Speaker's ruling on that?

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order: Mr Rattenbury sought leave to speak to the minister's statement of planning intent, as too did other people. But when Mr Rattenbury stood up, he did not refer to the minister's statement of intent; he referred to comments made by Mr Seselja. Mr Rattenbury sought leave for three minutes to speak to the minister's statement of planning intent.

The opposition has problems with the Speaker intervening in this way. There was no question before the house. There is no debate. There is no question before the house. This is not a debate. The respective shadows sought leave to speak on the matter, to respond on the matter, and that is normal practice. But to have everyone else standing up means we would never get on with the business of the house. There is no motion before the house.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Rattenbury, limit your comments to the statement of planning intent by the minister, please.

MR RATTENBURY: I pass up on my right to speak. I will find another opportunity to return to Mr Seselja's lazy attack.

Construction Occupations Legislation Amendment Bill 2009

Debate resumed from 10 December 2009, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (11.47): The Canberra Liberals will be supporting the Construction Occupations Legislation Amendment Bill 2009. The bill will amend the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004 and the Unit Titles Act 2001 in order to outsource elements of the unit title process.

As outlined in the explanatory statement, the Unit Titles Act states the information that an applicant for a unit title must provide to ACTPLA for its consideration. For example, the application must provide for the subdivision of the parcel into units, unit subsidiaries and common property. It may also provide for staged development of all or some of the units. The application must also include a certificate from a registered


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