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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 1 Hansard (17 February) . . Page.. 227..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

Mr Speaker, if we make no change to the Duties Act 1999, duty will be payable when an application is made to change registration to comply with the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Act 1999. That would be contrary to the intention of the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Act 1999. The amendment to the Act should occur to coincide with the implementation of the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Act 1999, which is expected by 1 March 2000.

These amendments will allow the Treasurer to prescribe by determination circumstances in which duty is not chargeable by the Commissioner for ACT Revenue for applications to change vehicle registration. These are where the change is a direct result of the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Act 1999 and where the change is made within 30 days solely to rectify an error or omission in a registration which was a direct consequence of the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Act 1999.

In summary, this Bill ensures that registration applications that are required under national vehicle registration scheme reforms will be exempt from duty. I am sure that Assembly members would agree that this is a fair and just approach to this issue. I commend the Bill to the house.

Debate (on motion by Mr Quinlan ) adjourned.


MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (10.53): Mr Speaker, I present the Land (Planning and Environment) Amendment Bill 2000, together with its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, as members would be aware, the Planning and Land Management Group, known to us all as PALM, has been reviewing and reshaping its various procedures and rules. Following the Government's response to the Stein report in 1996, amendments to the Land Act provided for the formation of PALM and the Commissioner for Land and Planning, and also made some important changes in relation to development assessment and the change of use charge. Flowing from these changes was the recognition that, to achieve the objectives of improved performance and customer service, the system for development assessment and some of the processes related to it required close examination and significant reform.

The Ernst and Young PALM review in 1998 made various recommendations for structural and procedural reform. The review noted that some aspect of PALM's development assessment systems were unclear and inefficient, and should be changed.

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