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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 13 Hansard (31 October) . .

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line with national schemes. The amendments to the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 will now disqualify a person from managing an incorporated association in the ACT where they are disqualified from managing a corporation or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation under commonwealth legislation. These amendments were requested by the commonwealth of all states and territories, and will help maintain public confidence in these types of organisations, which are often non-profit organisations raising money for charitable purposes.

The JACS bill also makes amendments to the Family Violence Act 2016. This act contains provisions relating to the national domestic violence order scheme. As the proposed national commencement date for this scheme is not until 25 November 2017, these amendments will allow for a transitional regulation to be made to ensure that there is no gap in the ability for the court to recognise interstate family violence orders or registered foreign orders.

This bill is an example of how even small legislative changes can have a very positive impact on the community. The JACS bill makes improvements to a range of legislation to help protect survivors of family violence, to reduce the interaction between Canberrans and the courts, and to ensure that the operation of the new freedom of information scheme is accessible, transparent and timely. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Nature Conservation (Minor Public Works) Amendment Bill 2017

Debate resumed from 14 September 2017, on motion by Mr Gentleman:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MS LEE (Kurrajong) (6.13): The government has presented this bill to reduce the red tape surrounding the process of maintenance and upkeep of ACT nature reserves. Simplifying and streamlining planning procedures is vitally important. However, it is also important to remember that some planning procedures exist for a reason and are a vital bulwark against rash and detrimental decisions. As it stands, minor works, including the maintenance and repair of park furniture, car parks, bike and walking tracks, landscaping works and tree maintenance all require a development application which then triggers a planning process.

Currently the conservator is able to provide an environmental significance opinion, or an ESO, which attests that the specific works outlined in the application will have no significant adverse environmental impact. This then halts the development application


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