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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 6 Hansard (7 May) . . Page.. 1601..


There is also provision for the Chief Magistrate to assign other magistrates to exercise the jurisdiction in circumstances where the industrial court magistrate is unable to deal with the matter without delay that is likely to prejudice the wellbeing of a person, or because of a conflict or perceived conflict of interest. The Chief Magistrate will be responsible for ensuring the orderly and prompt discharge of the business of this new court.

The government intends to consult widely on the proposed court model and jurisdiction for the new industrial court. The government is committed to working with industry, employers and employees to do everything possible to ensure every worker returns home safely.

This is the important fulfilment of a government election commitment. Labor went to the last election proposing the establishment of this court, and I am pleased to introduce this exposure draft for public comment today.

Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

Debate resumed from 11 April 2013, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR COE (Ginninderra) (10.32): The Canberra Liberals will be supporting the Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013. This omnibus bill contains mainly technical amendments to the Building Act 2004, the Building (General) Regulation 2008, Construction Occupations (Licensing) Regulation 2004, Districts Act 2002, Electricity Safety Regulation 2004, Planning and Development Act 2007, Planning and Development Regulation 2008, Public Place Names Act 1989, Unit Titles Act 2001 and Water Resources Act 2007. The bill also repeals the Electricity (Greenhouse Gas Emissions) Act 2004 and the Electricity (Greenhouse Gas Emissions) Regulation 2004. Both these pieces of legislation are now redundant.

There are two policy changes included in the bill. The first policy change relates to certificates issued under the Gas Safety Act 2000. The bill will allow for a certificate under the Gas Safety Act to be evidence of the completion of that work to required standard. This reflects current practice whereby certificates of compliance under section 9(1)(b) of the Gas Safety Act are cited for building work involving gas fitting work. The amendments will ensure that the certificate is sufficient evidence for the purposes of a certificate of occupancy. This should speed up the process of obtaining a certificate of occupancy.

The second policy change relates to changes to the Planning and Development Act 2007. The amendments in this bill will allow an exemption from an environmental impact analysis for some development applications. Under the current legislation, the minister may exempt a development application from requiring an EIS if the minister is satisfied that the environmental impact of the application has already been considered in another study. The exemption applies for 18 months.


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