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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 10 Hansard (19 September) . . Page.. 3622 ..


By setting the limit via a disallowable instrument, the Assembly will continue to have an appropriate level of oversight and control over the limit on capacity. Upon passage of the bill, I intend to immediately publish a limit on capacity, to ensure that a limit remains in place after the 650-megawatt limit specified in the act is removed. I intend to set the limit on capacity to 900 megawatts, which is sufficient to cover forecasts for electricity consumption into the next decade.

In summary, this bill will enable the legislated 100 per cent renewable electricity target to be met in perpetuity through additional renewable electricity auctions as required, reducing the need for the Legislative Assembly to pass further minor legislative changes to the maximum limit on capacity. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hanson) adjourned to the next sitting.

Statute Law 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, Creative Industries and Cultural Events, Minister for Building Quality Improvement, Minister for Business and Regulatory Services and Minister for Seniors and Veterans) (11.07): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Statue Law Amendment Bill 2019 makes statute law revision amendments to ACT legislation under guidelines for the technical amendments program approved by the government in 2002. The program provides for amendments that are minor or technical and non-controversial. They are generally insufficiently significant to justify the presentation of separate legislation in each case, and are inappropriate to make as editorial amendments in the process of republishing legislation under the Legislation Act 2001.

Statute law amendment bills serve the important purpose of improving the overall quality of the ACT statute book so that our laws are kept up to date and are easier to find, read and understand. A well-maintained statute book greatly enhances access to ACT legislation. It is also a very practical measure to give effect to the principle that members of the community have the right to know the laws that affect them.

The bill contains a number of minor amendments with detailed explanatory notes, so it is not useful for me to speak about each of them individually. However, I would like to take the opportunity briefly to mention a few matters.


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