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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 6 Hansard (7 May) . . Page.. 1598..


committee's recommendations by proposing that reference to providing ease of access for people with mobility issues be added to the objectives for the CZ4 local centres zone.

Overall, Canberra's distinctive spatial planning since the 1960s has placed supermarkets at the core of our suburbs and larger centres. More than most other cities, supermarkets have been deliberately located centrally within our urban form. It is therefore unsurprising that many will have views on these local landmarks of everyday life. And while in a market economy the private sector will operate such businesses, and does a very good job in doing so, governments do have a role in protecting the public's interests relating to the sector.

To conclude, the government response document I am tabling today is consistent with the government's strategic economic goals of supporting growth, diversification and jobs in the territory. At the same time it also recognises the important social role that supermarkets play, particularly at local centres, within the life of the territory. The government remains committed to maintaining a clearly defined hierarchy of centres across Canberra that includes viable and vibrant local centres.

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

Magistrates Court (Industrial Proceedings) Amendment Bill 2013—exposure draft

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Magistrates Court (Industrial Proceedings) Amendment Bill 2013—Exposure draft.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Today I am tabling an exposure draft of the Magistrates Court (Industrial Proceedings) Amendment Bill 2013. The tabling of this exposure draft is a positive step forward in fulfilling the government's pre-election commitment to establish an industrial court and provide for the appointment of an industrial magistrate.

Creating a separate industrial court will foster greater experience and specialisation of workplace health and safety laws by the courts. And the allocation of specific magistrates to the new industrial court will further increase specialist expertise in work health and safety matters.


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