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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (26 October) . . Page.. 5072..


In short, this bill should be considered as but one part of an overall strategy. Other equally important elements of the revised administrative procedures are now in place or are being put in place. The overall strategy considerably strengthens an already robust system, a system that has already been delivering an exceptionally low error rate in the content of public notices.

The changes I have outlined should keep this error rate exceptionally low and reduce it even further. This bill achieves this result in a focused and well-targeted way. The bill achieves this result in part because it avoids radical change, the kind envisaged in the earlier Greens' bill.

In summary, the government's bill avoids an unlimited expansion of appeal rights. The bill does not make development approvals vulnerable to challenge months or years after they are granted, and the bill does not permit the appeal process to be used as a tool to defeat legitimate market competition. The measures in this bill and the administrative improvements will together give the territory an optimal public notification process, a process that is equitable and effective and able to produce timely decisions on which land owners, industry and the community can rely. The bill also reflects the ongoing efforts of ACTPLA staff to continually improve the planning system. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Liquor (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2010

Debate resumed from 23 September 2010, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (5.27): The opposition will support this bill in principle but we have a number of amendments that we intend to put forward. I will mention those matters now and address them more fully in the detail stage. This bill introduces a range of consequential amendments and transitional arrangements ahead of the 1 December 2010 deadline for the commencement of the new liquor laws.

Of interest is the fact that it also has a number of fix-ups and bits that the government forgot. This is not just a consequential amendment bill. Indeed, two of my amendments fix up mistakes that have escaped the attention of this government. There are two others that have been drawn to the government's attention.

Schedule 2 sets out the consequential amendments as well as amendments to clarify matters removing ambiguity or fixing problems in the original act. It also carries


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