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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 10 Hansard (19 September) . . Page.. 3620 ..


I am proud to say that the work that we are doing in the ACT and the types of reforms that we are implementing have attracted the attention of other jurisdictions. I know that we are on the right track and we will keep going to implement reforms to benefit the community and strengthen the integrity of the building industry. I look forward to updating the Assembly again at a later date.

I present the following paper:

Building regulatory reforms—Six monthly update—Ministerial statement, 19 September 2019.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (10.59): I thank the minister for that update about building regulation reforms. For a very large number of residents of Canberra, building reforms are an issue where we clearly have had a problem with lack of enforcement with the law to date, and I am very, very pleased to see that this is changing to some extent. I have repeatedly been told by people that there actually have to be real consequences for those people in the building profession who do not do the right thing and who actively break the law, which leads to very substandard buildings.

One issue I think would be interesting or desirable—more than interesting—for the minister to look at is the issue of building cladding, particularly on private buildings. I have been told by some people in the industry that in the ACT there are in fact a lot of buildings which have flammable cladding and which are in private ownership. I do not know if that is true or not, but that is something that potentially is a considerable worry to anyone who is in a building which may be in that circumstance.

Basically, I thank the minister for his work on this. I thank the government for putting some effort into compliance. I look forward to more happening in this unfortunate space.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Amendment Bill 2019

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Corrections and Justice Health, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety and Minister for Mental Health) (11.02): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


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