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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2610..


MR QUINLAN

(continuing):

If it is going to be a straight government-funded exercise, we will certainly take advice from the industry. However, it may not evolve to the point I would like to see it arrive at, where there is a mixture of industry resources, our resources, resources from the NCA blended with ours and resources from the major attractions blended with ours. I have had discussions with virtually all of those stakeholders, and there is potential for that. Everybody thinks it is a good idea. So far, like the weather, we have only talked about it and not done a lot about it, but we are heading in that direction.

Mr Deputy Speaker, I thank members for their support and assure them that we will be working towards making sure we get our share of tourism. The federal government's green paper, presented by Minister Joe Hockey, talks about a greater emphasis on internal tourism within Australia and a possible reduction in international tourism-replacing quantity with quality, as they put it.

However, I believe it is more about security and the load visitors from overseas, and people attending international events, impose upon the national budget, as far as the security requirements they engender are concerned. There are security risks associated with tourists in the modern age. We will certainly be working with all of the stakeholders, if they are interested in working with us.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Land (Planning and Environment) (Compliance) Amendment Bill 2003

Debate resumed from 20 February 2003, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS DUNNE

(5.35): The Liberal opposition will support this bill.

Mr Quinlan

: That was a good speech!

MRS DUNNE

: You do not get off that lightly, although you will get off fairly lightly. I have no hesitation in saying that this is overdue. I have said around this place for some time that compliance in the ACT has been in chaos for 13 years. I believe this is a timely or overdue rectification. The bill gives the new planning authority the power to make orders and rectifications, carry out works on behalf of the territory and recover moneys. At the moment, the compliance provisions under the legislation are poor indeed and provide no flexibility for enforcing necessary compliance work.


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