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housing standards the government decides to introduce in the future. For example, the bill includes provisions to require landlords to state in rental advertisements whether the premises meets any minimum standards that are in force. It supports landlords to meet minimum standards by giving them a right to access to the premises to undertake or inspect any works required to meet the minimum standard.
It also proposes remedies for tenants where the premises do not meet any minimum housing standards. Specifically, tenants will be able to seek a rent reduction or compensation for any period in which the premises does not meet the standard. Alternatively, tenants will also be able to apply to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal to end the tenancy if their rental property does not meet the minimum standard. These changes will help to ensure that minimum standards for rental premises can be implemented effectively in the ACT so that rental homes meet community expectations and are safe and habitable for all tenants.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate my sincere gratitude to all those who engaged with us during the development of this bill. The continued collaboration and feedback received has been incredibly valuable and has resulted in a bill that I am confident will meet the needs of Canberrans who rent, as well as those who own or manage a rental property.
Housing is a human right. Everyone deserves a safe and secure home to live in. Given the housing and rental crisis we face, it is more important than ever to ensure that the tenancy system gives renters safe and secure housing. These tenancy reforms that I introduce today, in particular ending no cause evictions, will strengthen renters’ rights and security of housing. I am proud to introduce these nation-leading reforms today. I commend the bill to the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Mr Parton) adjourned to the next sitting.
Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Amendment Bill 2022
Debate resumed from 9 June 2022, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
MS LEE (Kurrajong—Leader of the Opposition) (11.41): I rise today to speak on the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Amendment Bill 2022.
This bill seeks to implement a number of recommendations from the 10-year review of the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act of 2010. The act requires that a periodic review be undertaken and that the findings of that review are reported to the Legislative Assembly.
The report of the review was presented to the Assembly in November last year. I note from the bill’s own explanatory statement that, in developing the bill, the government consulted with current and past members of the Climate Change Council, the Office for Climate Action, traditional custodians and the South Australian government.