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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 6 Hansard (14 May) . .

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Planning and Development (Call-in Power) Amendment Bill 2014

Debate resumed from 18 September 2014, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Roads and Parking, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (11.46): I support the intent of this bill and note that it has been on the notice paper for some time—since September last year I understand. The government has been working hard with the Greens' office so that it can be debated today. I understand the opposition are looking to adjourn debate on this, but we want to ensure the bill gets through today. My office touched base with the opposition earlier this week, and I understand from that discussion that there were no objections. With that, I look forward to debate in the detail stage.

Motion (by Mr Coe) proposed:

That the debate be adjourned.

A division being called and the bells being rung—

Mr Rattenbury: Madam Deputy Speaker, I am not sure we can do anything, but there seems to be a misunderstanding. I think there might be support for adjourning debate to a later hour this day. Is there any opportunity to stop the division at this point and revisit this?

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: I will seek the advice of the Clerk. I understand it is the wish of the Assembly that the division not proceed.

Debate (on motion by Mr Coe) adjourned to a later hour this day.

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Amendment Bill 2014

Debate resumed from 27 November 2014, on motion by Ms Gallagher:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (11.50): This is one of those topics that are a little nuanced in the sense that there are probably not too many people in this place who are experts on the annual report directions, but the directions are, nonetheless, very important because they go to the detail of what is contained in annual reports. I thank members for their agreement in the March sitting to send this bill to the public accounts committee because that enabled that detailed examination of what is a very important but for some people a little arcane examination of the content of this bill. In sending the bill to the public accounts committee we have had the chance to scrutinise the bill thoroughly. In conjunction with other issues around annual reporting, we have come to a conclusion on this bill, specifically on issues of online reporting requirements.

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