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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 2 Hansard (19 February) . .

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

Dangerous Substances (Loose-fill Asbestos Eradication) Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Urban Renewal and Minister for Tourism and Events) (10.15): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

On 28 October 2014 the territory government announced the loose-fill asbestos insulation eradication scheme, under which the government is conducting a voluntary buyback of all houses in the territory affected by loose-fill asbestos insulation.

Today I present the Dangerous Substances (Loose-fill Asbestos Eradication) Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, which proposes a number of amendments to various acts. The amendments made by this bill are designed to assist in the administration of the scheme as well as assisting affected home owners with issues related to their property. They address the practicalities and needs of implementing the scheme.

Since the scheme was announced there have been discussions on whether and how a list of affected properties will be released to the public. These amendments articulate a mechanism for the release of this information in a way that is compatible with privacy legislation. The amendments also seek to address issues with the legislated feed-in tariff attached to solar panels on an affected property.

This bill primarily amends the Civil Law (Sale of Residential Property) Act 2003, the Dangerous Substances Act 2004, the Electricity Feed-in (Renewable Energy Premium) Act 2008, the Land Titles Act 1925 and the Residential Tenancies Act 1996. The bill also makes consequential amendments to the Dangerous Substances (General) Regulation 2004, the Information Privacy Regulation 2014, the Planning and Development Regulation 2008 and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

The bill amends the Dangerous Substances Act 2004 to require the minister to maintain a register of residential premises that contain or have contained loose-fill asbestos insulation. This register will be called the affected residential premises register. The details of the premises will be removed from the affected residential premises register once the affected residential premises have been demolished and the site has been remediated. The affected residential premises register will also identify those residential properties that have been acquired by the territory under the buyback program.


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