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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 7 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1907..


tourism industries, of seeking to establish direct international flights to and from Canberra.

In closing, I would like to thank all of the local businesses and officials involved for their hard work and dedication to make the trip to Jakarta and Singapore a success. The mission will reap significant rewards for the ACT economy and demonstrate to our Asian neighbours that Canberra is indeed open for business.

I present the following paper:

Indonesia/Singapore Economic Development Mission, April 2013—Ministerial statement, 14 May 2013.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Community Housing Providers National Law (ACT) Bill 2013

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

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (10.14): I rise today in support of this bill. The Canberra Liberals have previously advocated, and will continue to advocate, for community housing. Community housing plays an important role in providing affordable and well-managed accommodation for low-income earners in Canberra. The sector also diversifies the provision of affordable accommodation, reducing pressure on the public housing system.

As this bill acts to reduce the regulatory burden on the sector, today we are supporting its passage, along with the consequential amendments to the Housing Assistance Act 2007 and the Land Rent Act 2008.

The Community Housing Providers National Law (ACT) Bill 2013 provides a national approach to the regulation and assessment of and engagement with community housing providers. The current ACT regulatory system will be replaced with a nationally consistent one, reducing the burden on providers operating in multiple jurisdictions. The bill establishes the role of a registrar in approving, assessing and monitoring the compliance of organisations that provide community housing.

The scrutiny of bills committee raised a number of concerns regarding this bill in report 6, and recommended to the minister that he respond to five specific areas. The areas highlighted by the committee included the delegation of legislative power to another jurisdiction, delegating powers which appear to have a legislative quality, the protection of the common law privileges against self-incrimination and of legal


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