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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 10 Hansard (17 October) . . Page.. 3105..


MR SESELJA (continuing):

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)—Scrutiny Report 33, dated 16 October 2006, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR SESELJA: Scrutiny report 33 contains the committee's comments on six bills, 17 pieces of subordinate legislation and 10 government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee

Report 22

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (10.33): I present the following report:

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee—Report 22—Exposure Draft Planning and Development Bill 2006, dated 16 October 2006, including additional and dissenting comments (Mr Seselja), dated 16 October 2006, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.

Leave granted.

MR GENTLEMAN: I move:

That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MR GENTLEMAN: I move:

That the report be noted.

Today I have tabled the report on the exposure draft Planning and Development Bill 2006. The report is an outcome of a 14-week inquiry by the ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Planning and Environment. Whilst most of the submissions and feedback were positive, I would briefly like to acknowledge that there were some concerns about the short duration of the inquiry. Nevertheless, as the minister had indicated to the committee that he aimed to have the bill introduced to the Assembly by the end of the year, I am pleased to say that the committee worked intensively to meet that time line.

In addressing some of the issues of time frames, the committee has made several recommendations in its report aimed at extending some of the time frames provided in the exposure draft bill. The committee appreciates that broad-ranging participation strengthens territory governance, and people need to be given enough time to participate. For example, the committee recommends that:


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