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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 7 Hansard (30 July) . . Page.. 2444 ..


Animal Welfare Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

Debate resumed.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.28): Until such time as Ms Lawder is afforded a ministerial briefing, I move:

That the debate be adjourned.

Question put.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9 : Miss C Burch, Mr Coe, Mrs Dunne, Mr Hanson, Mrs Kikkert, Ms Le Couteur, Mr Parton, Mr Rattenbury, Mr Wall

Noes 8 : Ms J Burch, Ms Cheyne, Ms Cody, Mr Gupta, Ms Orr, Mr Pettersson, Mr Steel, Ms Stephen-Smith

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Debate adjourned to the next sitting.

Planning and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

Debate resumed from 16 May 2019, on motion by Mr Gentleman:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (4.33): The Greens will be supporting this bill. The bill proposes four changes to the Planning and Development Act. Three fall into the category of minor tidying up and really do not warrant any further discussion. I do, however, want to talk about clause 17. To understand the impact of clause 17, it is necessary to consider and time line the overall Territory Plan variation process.

The process has four main stages, being, one, notification of a draft variation for public comment; two, the directorate sending a recommended variation to the minister; three, a standing committee inquiry; four, tabling the variation in the Assembly for possible disallowance. In most cases, and generally speaking sort of ideally, the variation does not come into effect until all four of those stages are completed.

However, the government has two opportunities to bring the variation into temporary effect during the process at steps one and two. This is known in the legislation as interim effect. Interim effect lasts for what the legislation calls the defined period. Currently, interim effect expires after 12 months. However, it could be—I do not


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