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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 17 November 2010) . . Page.. 5592 ..

I think that technical amendments are an important issue with the territory plan and the Planning and Development Act. Clearly, there is a degree of community uncertainty about this. My proposed amendment goes towards making it a more certain process and a process which has a better balance of community involvement and industry certainty.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Minister for Gaming and Racing) (5:27): The government will be pleased to support Ms Le Couteur’s amendment. I acknowledge the issues that she has raised. I think there are some legitimate policy questions, particularly in relation to her suggestion to introduce a new level of variation to the territory plan which allows for minor policy changes and is disallowable. I think there is considerable merit in examining that further.

I note the time frames involved in reporting back to members and then to the Assembly and undertake to do that work within those time frames. I certainly acknowledge the constructive approach that has been taken to this issue by the Greens’ planning spokesperson.

Question put:

That Ms Le Couteur’s amendments be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 10

Noes 5

Mr Barr

Ms Hunter

Mr Coe

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Doszpot

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Stanhope

Mr Seselja

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Older persons assembly

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (5:32): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) acknowledges the significant contributions older people make to the Canberra community;

(2) wants to hear and understand the key issues that affect their lives, and encourage them to participate in policy development;

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