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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 6 Hansard (23 June) . . Page.. 2381..


Ms Porter be discharged from the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs and Dr Bourke be appointed in her place.

Ms Porter be discharged from the Standing Committee on Health, Community and Social Services and Dr Bourke be appointed in her place.

Planning and Development (Lease Variation Charges) Amendment Bill 2011

Detail stage

Clause 1.

Debate resumed from 21 June 2011.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health, Minister for Industrial Relations and Treasurer) (12.08): Ms Hunter is due to speak to this particular part. I think the lease variation charge coming on has surprised all of us; it has come on a little earlier than expected. Ms Hunter is now here to move, as I understand it, amendments 1 to 25.

MR SPEAKER: Not just yet, Ms Gallagher, you will find, but thank you for your assistance.

MS GALLAGHER: Sorry, I was just trying to provide some assistance there.

MR SPEAKER: We appreciate it.

Clause 1 agreed to.

Remainder of bill as a whole, by leave, taken together.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (12.09): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 2546].

In accordance with my statement at the in-principle stage, there are a number of significant elements of this bill that we have concerns about. There are three that we will be focusing on with our amendments and this is the first of them. I touched on this in my speech in principle and it goes to this issue of improvements. At the moment section 277A as drafted provides:

In working out V1 and V2 under section 277, an improvement in relation to the land comprised in the lease must not be taken into account.

It gives some limited exceptions to that—improvements by way of clearing, filling, grading, draining, levelling or excavating the land. We have significant issues with that clause as drafted, and that is what my amendment goes to. My amendment says that these improvements should be taken into account because it is completely


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