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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 9 Hansard (17 August) . . Page.. 3779..

That amendment 1.39 be agreed to.

The Assembly voted-

Ayes 10

Noes 5

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mrs Burke

Mrs Cross

Mr Quinlan

Mr Cornwell

Ms Dundas

Mr Stanhope

Mrs Dunne

Ms Gallagher

Ms Tucker

Mr Smyth

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Wood

Mr Stefaniak

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Amendment 1.39 agreed to.

Schedule 1, as amended, agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR WOOD (Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Arts and Heritage, and Acting Minister for Health) (9.02): As this is the last opportunity that I will have to speak in debate on this bill I thank all those who, over a long period, have been involved in its formulation. We have gone through a long consultation process. I commend those officers in the heritage area who, over a long period, put their hearts and souls into this legislation. As a result of their work with a large number of people we now have legislation that I believe is comparable to heritage legislation anywhere else in the country. I congratulate them on their dedication and their application to the job.

To them I say that we have a good bill. To the Assembly I say that it is particularly noteworthy in this contentious and much-debated area that the basic structure of the bill has remained intact. The processes have been refined but the principles have remained the same. We have added a few provisions that will make the bill more precise. The success of the work of those officers is demonstrated by the way in which the structure of the bill has remained unchanged. I congratulate all those officers on their hard work. The community and various bodies in the ACT can be happy and satisfied with this very good bill.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2004

Debate resumed from 24 June 2004, on motion by Mr Wood:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STEFANIAK (9.05): The opposition will be supporting this bill. We have a few amendments, which I will come to later. As I understand it, the bill is meant to be a clean-up bill, but it does make a number of policy changes. A number of people were consulted on this, such as the Real Estate Institute, the various groups there, and Peter

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