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Services. The Minister for Planning and Land Development, Mr Mick Gentleman MLA, recently announced a community consultation on an exposure draft of the Planning and Development Act 2007, with proposals for amendments and planning reform. This consultation is due to continue until 15 June 2022, and legislation thereafter is expected in the latter part of 2022.

While it is too early to outline any referral or inquiry on this important upcoming legislation, the committee stands ready to contribute when this bill approaches a more final form. We congratulate Minister Gentleman on initiating this community consultation and await further announcements in the Assembly. This will apply similarly to the ACT government’s plans for the forthcoming ACT Territory Plan review.

Sitting suspended from 12.03 to 2.00 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (2.00): Madam Speaker, again Minister Vassarotti is unable to be at question time, so the questions will be to Minister Gentleman and Minister Berry, as per yesterday.

Questions without notice

Building—combustible cladding

MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction, whether it is Minister Gentleman or Minister Vassarotti.

Minister Gentleman, yesterday you said, at the conclusion of question time:

Madam Speaker, in relation to my answer to Mr Cain on combustible cladding, I can advise that no DA fees are applicable.

However, at a recent combustible cladding forum where over 100 people attended, Minister Vassarotti said that development application fees cannot and will not be waived. Which statement is correct—yours or Minister Vassarotti’s?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Lee for the question. The position is that DA fees are not applicable for the removal of asbestos cladding or combustible cladding.

MS LEE: Minister, can you please clarify whether DA fees are applicable for remediation works on combustible cladding, and why is your government putting forward confusing information that is contradictory?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Lee for the follow-up question. To make it very clear, there is no DA applicable for the removal of combustible cladding on those buildings; so, therefore, no fees apply.

MR PARTON: Minister, who is really making decisions on the combustible cladding issue? Is it you or is it Minister Vassarotti?

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