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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 3 Hansard (8 April) . . Page.. 740..


Minister Corbell made some observations about some of the misunderstandings that are out there about the legislation. Certainly the Liberal Party are not doing anything to help that, and I suspect they will go out of their way to make it more confusing.

We have already seen Mr Coe today refer to the fact that any building anywhere is covered by this legislation, when anybody who takes a cursory look at the legislation can see that that is clearly not the case. But do not let the facts get in the way of a good scare campaign. The Liberal Party built their 2012 election campaign on a good scare campaign, and we see them doing it here again. They are not going to let the facts get in the way of trying to run a political agenda that suits their case and suits their willingness—

Members interjecting—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Stop the clock, please; sit down, Mr Rattenbury. I do not know what bit of "remain silent"you do not understand. The next person who speaks while Mr Rattenbury is speaking I will warn.

MR RATTENBURY: I conclude my remarks by simply saying I commend this motion to the Assembly. I think it is a useful process for the committee to work on this legislation and to hear from those members of the public who have an interest in this. I think that is a limited group. We know there are not so many people out there, and the fact that we have had a very late response to this indicates that many people understand the rationale behind this legislation but want to talk about the detail. I think we are capable of doing that in this time frame.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Construction and Energy Efficiency Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Debate resumed from 27 February 2014, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR COE (Ginninderra) (11.36): Whilst the opposition will be supporting the majority of the Construction and Energy Efficiency Legislation Amendment Bill 2014, we have strong concerns about the potential damage to licensees' reputation which could be caused by unfounded hearings before ACAT. As such, I will be moving an amendment to address this issue.

The bill amends the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act and regulation, the Electricity Safety Act and the Energy Efficiency (Cost Of Living) Improvement Act. The bill expands the inspection powers of compliance auditors so they cover occupations for which there are currently no adequate inspection powers. The two occupations covered by the provisions in this bill are works assessors and building assessors. This bill ensures that the work undertaken by assessors can be properly audited.


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