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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 7 Hansard (4 August) . .

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Madam Speaker, I believe this bill provides much needed clarity, flexibility and simplicity to the fair trading licensing process, and as model legislation for an expanded single licensing framework it will help to create an environment in the ACT that supports business and the wider community. I am happy to support this bill.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Urban Renewal) (10.57), in reply: I thank members for their support of this legislation. It is another important step in creating a regulatory environment in the ACT that supports new and existing businesses by reducing the administrative burden, providing licensing flexibility and removing outdated licensing requirements.

The streamlined application processes enabled by the bill will enable the development of a modern, digitally led licensing process, which is set to reduce the time and complexity associated with processing applications whilst delivering significant cost savings to the community.

This government understands there is a desire and expectation within the business community for regulatory agencies to assist businesses in meeting their regulatory obligations through positive engagement, clear and accessible information and simpler, streamlined and digitally enabled processes. I thank members for their support of this legislation today.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS BURCH (Brindabella): Pursuant to standing order 246A and continuing resolution 5A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services relating to statutory appointments.

In the period 1 January to 30 June 2016, the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services considered a total of seven statutory appointments or reappointments. In all seven instances, the committee noted the proposed appointments and made no further recommendations.

In the period 1 July to 31 December 2016, the standing committee also considered a total of seven statutory appointments or reappointments and, again, in those seven circumstances, made no further comment.


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