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hearings into the matters it addressed, hearing from a number of witnesses from the relevant directorates, the ACT Audit Office, and industry groups.

The ACT Auditor-General’s Report No. 4 of 2020, considered the effectiveness of the processes for land release and supply for residential purposes in delivering the government’s housing strategy goals. Specifically the audit reviewed the process used to develop the ACT government’s indicative land release program and the delivery of the program against agreed targets and timeframes. The terms of reference for the committee’s inquiry were the Auditor-General’s report itself, which notes that the supply and release of land for development is a key activity of the ACT government.

The inquiry’s report tabled today makes a total of 18 recommendations that endorse the implementation of all the Auditor-General’s own recommendations and offers further actions of the Assembly to adopt. Amongst these, the committee suggests that a tax reform be undertaken, that consideration be made of social and affordable housing and the amount of land released, and it recommends that an independent review be taken into processes of the indicative land release program.

On behalf of the committee, I thank everyone who contributed to this inquiry, including the relevant minister, the Auditor-General and staff, directorate officials and other witnesses as well as the other members of the committee, Mr Pettersson and Mr Braddock. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (5.09): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety in its legislative scrutiny role.

In a private meeting on 10 October 2022, the scrutiny committee considered amendments proposed by Jo Clay MLA to the Appropriation Bill 2022-2023 in relation to funding to the horseracing industry. The committee has no comments on these amendments.

Terrorism (Extraordinary Temporary Powers) Amendment Bill 2022

Debate resumed from 5 May 2022, on motion by Mr Rattenbury

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (5.10): The Canberra Liberals will be supporting this bill. I note briefly that the Terrorism (Extraordinary Temporary Powers) Amendment Bill 2022 aims to maintain the strong counterterrorism laws in the ACT currently enacted through the Terrorism (Extraordinary Temporary Powers) Act 2006—or, as I will call it, the TETP Act.

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