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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 7 Hansard (15 August) . . Page.. 2149..

Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly-Determination No 194, dated 31 May 2006.

Part-Time Holders of Public Office-

Chair, Stadiums Authority Board-Determination No 198, dated 31 May 2006.

Commissioner for Surveys-Determination No 197, dated 31 May 2006.

Legislation program-spring 2006

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Legislation Program-Spring 2006, dated August 2006.

I ask for leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, I am pleased to present the government's legislation program for the spring 2006 sittings. Since re-election, the government has continued to focus on economic growth, sustainable development, environmental management, law reform, and human rights. It has done so with a strong reforming policy agenda aimed at keeping the territory healthy and to further grow its potential.

That was added to by the structural reforms and other initiatives announced in the 2006-07 ACT budget. The legislation program will follow up the government's reform agenda and also get on with the job of meeting its previous commitments. Mr Speaker, in the time available, I intend to comment only briefly on some of the legislation the government will introduce during the spring 2006 sitting period.

Among the reforms outlined in this year's budget was a change in the way the government is structured and the way it conducts its business. To facilitate these reforms, the government will be amending the territory's financial framework. In this regard, some of the more significant changes have already been implemented through the 2006-07 ACT budget, such as realigning departmental cash balances. Further key amendments are to be made to the Financial Management Act 1996 to support these changes.

As announced in the 2006-07 budget, the government is introducing a utilities land use permit fee to commence on 1 January 2007. The Land Use Amendment Bill 2006 will amend the Land Titles Act 1925, the Trespass on Territory Land Act 1932 and the Land Tax Act 2004 to provide for the collection of a fee for the use of the territory's land by utilities service providers.

To fulfil the ACT's commitment to taxation reform under the intergovernmental agreement on the reform of commonwealth-state financial relations, the government will introduce a new Duties Amendment Bill 2006 (No 2). It will cease the collection of duty

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