Page 2631 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 21 September 2022
Legislative Assembly—sitting pattern 2022
MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.46): I move:
That the resolution of the Assembly of 11 November 2021 setting the sitting days for 2022 be amended to remove 22 September 2022.
I thank all three whips for the work facilitating sittings following the death of Her Majesty the Queen. To make up for the private members’ business, an additional item has been added today, and the remaining three will be facilitated during the next sitting fortnight.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Planning, Transport and City Services—Standing Committee
Planning Bill 2022—amendment to reporting date
MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (11.47): I move:
That, notwithstanding the provisions of the resolution of the Assembly of 2 December 2020, as amended, that established general purpose standing committees, the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services shall present its report on the Planning Bill 2022 by 22 December 2022.
In accordance with the Assembly resolution establishing a general purpose standing committee, the Planning Bill 2022 was referred to the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services today, 21 September 2022.
The committee considers the bill to be a significant piece of legislation. For this reason the committee has resolved to undertake an inquiry into the bill. The committee will call for submissions today and has set a submission closing date of Wednesday, 16 November 2022.
The resolution of establishment for standing committees states that all bills presented to the Assembly stand referred to the relevant standing committee for inquiry and to report within two months of the presentation of the bill. Reference of the Planning Bill 2022 under this resolution means that the reporting date for this bill is 21 November 2022. My motion asks for the reporting date on the Planning Bill 2022 to be extended.
This is the first stage of a major review of the ACT planning system. There is a need for wide and deep community consultation on the bill. We have an overlap of the annual reports hearing period, between 31 October and 11 November, and we have a very long and complex piece of legislation that we need to examine.