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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 10 (19 October) . . Page.. 3277..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

which certain people who are members of a superannuation scheme under the commonwealth Superannuation Act 1976 or commonwealth Superannuation Act 1990 may be retired on the grounds of invalidity. The amendments bring the structure of these provisions into line with current drafting practice and include provision for people who are members of the Public Sector Superannuation Accumulation Plan, or PSSAP, under the commonwealth Superannuation Act 2005.

Schedule 2 provides for non-controversial structural amendments of the Legislation Act 2001 initiated by the parliamentary counsel's office. Structural issues are particularly concerned with making the statute book more coherent and concise, and therefore more accessible. Strategies to achieve these objectives include avoiding unnecessary duplication and achieving the maximum degree of standardisation of legislative provisions consistent with policy requirements and operational needs.

The amendments in schedule 2 include an amendment of section 227, which deals with the application of division 19.3.3 of the Legislation Act. The division is about consultation with Legislative Assembly committees on appointments made by ministers to statutory positions. Existing section 227 (2) (b) excludes the appointment of a person to act in a statutory position for not longer than six months, unless the appointment is of the person to act in the position for a second or subsequent consecutive period. The amendment extends the exception to short-term, one-off substantive appointments. This is in keeping with the approach taken elsewhere in part 19.3 of treating substantive and acting appointments in the same way as far as possible.

Schedule 3 includes amendments of acts that have been reviewed as part of an ongoing program of updating and improving the language and form of legislation. A particular focus of this bill is the creation of dictionaries in a range of acts. This review is part of an ongoing program of updating and improving the language and form of legislation.

In addition to the explanatory notes in the bill, the parliamentary counsel is also available to provide any further explanation or information that members would like about any of the amendments made by the bill. The bill, while minor and technical in nature, is another important building block in the development of a modern and accessible ACT statute book that is one of best practice in Australia. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stefaniak ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Territory Plan—variation 256

Kingston Group Centre

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (10.53): I move:

That this Assembly, in accordance with subsection 29 (4) of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991, rejects Variation No 256 to the Territory Plan—Kingston Group Centre Part Section 22.

I have moved this motion to reject variation 256 to the territory plan because it does not provide the promised buffer to nearby residents from growing late night and early morning activity. I am aware that if this motion is successful there will be actually less protection for local residents in the short term and the onus will be on the government to


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