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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 3 Hansard (17 March) . .

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relevant and more streamlined. In hospitality we are examining and introducing risk-based regulation for food safety and liquor licensing, and in events coordination we are reducing the burden of regulation where the risks are low. Last year alone the government delivered a range of regulatory and red tape reduction reforms, including the economic stimulus package associated with reforms for the development sector; capital works procurement reforms; the red tape reduction legislation bill last year, with another one coming; improvements to outdoor dining approvals for restaurants and cafes; and reforms in the food safety and public pools areas of regulation.

The government understand the importance of these reforms to our community and to businesses, and we will continue this process of red tape reduction and reducing delays. We will not stop our work on reform of regulations to reduce their burden and to continue to join up regulatory approvals across government. I have to say that the feedback from the organisers of the Art, Not Apart festival, the organisers of the west side park and a number of other businesses since the establishment of Access Canberra has been very positive.

I take the opportunity today to congratulate all of the staff at Access Canberra. They should be celebrating each success in enabling innovators, entrepreneurs and Canberra businesses to achieve their goals. A great task, and a great opportunity, for Access Canberra in the weeks, months and years ahead is to measure its success by the level of innovation and by the speed with which new initiatives and entrepreneurship can be supported and regulatory approvals can be granted. Pulling this together across government for the first time is a significant reform in municipal services for the people of Canberra and one of the more significant achievements in the first 100 days of my chief ministership.

I thank Dr Bourke for raising this matter of public importance today because it is important that we continue to reduce regulation, reduce the regulatory burden on business and continue to make Canberra the most livable city in the world.

Discussion concluded.

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

Debate resumed from 19 February 2015, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (4.49): I indicate that the opposition will be supporting this bill. It contains a range of administrative items that will enable the government to deliver on its Mr Fluffy buyback scheme. Amongst other things, the bill contains arrangements to enable the government to create a Mr Fluffy houses register. The bill creates an environment for easy transfer of buyback properties to the government.

Before going to the details of the bill, as I said, we have maintained broadly a spirit of bipartisanship to get Mr Fluffy resolved, so we will be supporting this bill. However, I


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