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

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MR GENTLEMAN: No.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, who is conducting the investigation?

MR GENTLEMAN: We have chosen a particular external source to look after the investigation. It would be improper to provide details of that source until the investigation is complete.

Planning—Building Act

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Planning. The Canberra Times reported on 29 December 2014 that "the first discussion paper in a series that will pave the way for a complete rewrite of the Building Act in 2015 is to be released in mid-February". Why has the discussion paper been delayed?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Coe for his question. Yes, we are doing a complete review of the Building Act. Some of the work that has been occurring alongside that is the work I have been doing with stakeholders on the statement of planning intent. It is important that we gather all of the information that we can from the community across the territory and from key stakeholders in regard to the review of the Building Act.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what happened, following 29 December 2014, that led to the considerable delay in the report, and who is preparing the paper?

MR GENTLEMAN: I guess the biggest change is the change from the work involved in the statement of planning intent. EPD are working on the paper, alongside some agency work. I will get some more detail and come back to Mr Coe on the time line for that.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, when will the exposure draft of the new Building Act be presented, given the delay in releasing the first discussion paper?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Wall for his supplementary question. We have gone through the initial design of the approval and construction stage of the Building Act. I do not have the time line for completion right in front of me now, but it was proposed that we would be looking at June this year. I am happy to come back with further detail on that.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what consultation will take place on the discussion paper and exposure draft?


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