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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1065..


Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee

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) (11.59), by leave: Madam Deputy Speaker, earlier today I made some comments about the failure of the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment, Territory and Municipal Services to reach agreement on the Planning and Development (Project Facilitation) Amendment Bill. I indicated I understood that the opposition members had not voted against the chair's draft report in the committee's clause-by-clause consideration of that report. Other members also subsequently commented on this matter, including members of the opposition.

I feel it is important to make clear that I have not viewed nor have I been provided with a copy of the minutes of the committee proceedings, and Mr Coe's assertions in this regard are false. I did suggest that the minutes had been published. In this respect I was in error. They have not been published, and I apologise to the Assembly for asserting otherwise.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Amendment Bill 2014

Debate resumed from 10 April 2014, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR WALL (Brindabella) (12.00): The opposition will be supporting this amendment bill. Its clear intention is to maximise the participation rate of electors in the electoral process for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body by attempting to coincide the start of polling with the NAIDOC Week ball. Given that these events often change dates, the legislation enables the minister the power to determine the start date of the election on any given day three years after the period of the last election period.

I note that a few improvements are made in this bill, including some tightening of the time lines and dates of when the election can be called. Table 29 adds some clarity and clearly articulates the electoral process for all members of the community who may be interested in how the process is conducted and, even better, if they are considering taking part in it. The opposition will be supporting this bill.


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