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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 7 Hansard (1 August) . . Page.. 2579 ..


concessions on the purchase price of land to community organisations in recognition of the social value they will deliver to the community through their use of the land.

The government recognises the importance of striking a balance between the well-established models of obtaining the highest monetary return for land and fostering opportunities for community organisations that offer services with ongoing non-monetary benefits that build social capital and cohesion.

The bill aligns with the ACT planning strategy's livability and accessibility agenda to deliver social infrastructure that meets community needs and supports strong communities. The bill further demonstrates the importance of ensuring that every Canberran has good access to community facilities and opportunities for social interaction, which is a key feature of livable, inclusive and resilient communities. It recognises the critical role that community infrastructure plays in fulfilling the social and cultural needs of individuals, families and service providers.

This bill and its supporting policy framework will play a vital role in delivering on these themes, particularly with respect to supporting compact and efficient growth, diversity and livability to ensure that land continues to deliver community benefits and social value into the long term. This bill is another example of the government's proactive, strategic and inclusive approach, fostering the community sector in the ACT in a manner that benefits the whole community. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Freedom of Information Amendment Bill 2019

Mr Ramsay, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR RAMSAY (Ginninderra—Attorney-General, Minister for the Arts and Cultural Events, Minister for Building Quality Improvement, Minister for Business and Regulatory Services, Minister for Government Services and Procurement and Minister for Seniors and Veterans) (10.48): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Freedom of Information Act 2016 came into effect on 1 January 2018. The act brought about important changes to increase the transparency and accountability of our ACT government by promoting disclosure of government information where this is in the public interest. The act also requires the proactive publication of documents through open access provisions.

The act established a new regime for processing access applications, with new statutory time frames and requirements for analysis of competing public interest factors in decision-making. The act also gives the ACT Ombudsman statutory


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