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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 30 June 2010) . . Page.. 2951 ..

Mr Seselja interjecting—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, please, we need to hear Ms Hunter in silence.

MS HUNTER: And I am sure that nobody here would be arguing that we do not apply a law correctly. As I said, I have circulated an amendment which essentially notes the estimates committee recommendations and clarifies what the government have agreed to do. I understand that the government will be supporting the amendments and, anticipating that support, I thank them for it. The amendment clarifies the three documents that will be provided to members to aid their evaluation of any proposed changes to the change of this charge.

This is the most productive way forward. It recognises that the process to evaluate the proposed changes is still ongoing and also that the estimates process is underway and we should respect that process. So, Madam Assistant Speaker, I move the amendment circulated in my name:

Omit all words after “notes that”, substitute:

(a) the Select Committee on Estimates 2010-2011 recommended that:

(i) the Treasurer table in the Assembly a report into why the Change of Use Charge was incorrectly applied and what steps have been taken to correct the error; and

(ii) an evaluation of the impacts of the Change of Use Charge be undertaken as part of the codification of the Change of Use Charge process to ensure that it does not create an unreasonable barrier to urban densification; and

(b) the Government has agreed to:

(i) these recommendations; and

(ii) provide a full evaluation of the impacts of the codification of the Change of Use Charge, including an assessment of the impacts on urban densification, a cost benefit analysis and a regulatory impact statement.”.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations) (5.35): The government will not be supporting Mr Seselja’s motion today, which I do not think should come as any surprise to the opposition. But we are happy to support the amendments of the Greens put forward by Ms Hunter. We believe they offer a good way forward in terms of keeping the Assembly up to date with the process being used to implement changes around the change of use charge, particularly around codification of the change of use charge, which seems to be of particular interest. I accept it is of interest to all in industry as well, and I thank them for continuing to work with the government as we finalise the process for full government consideration of the codification work.

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