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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (Tuesday, 7 December 2010) . . Page.. 5877 ..


They support these reforms. They are on the public record as supporting these reforms. This reform process has been a lengthy one that has involved extensive discussion with the industry and we are now at the final stages of delivery of the agreed reform processes that have occurred nationally.

Of course the other changes to the bill involve improvements to the way the territory’s regulatory and government systems operate in relation to the Land Titles Act and the Unit Titles Act. Changes are being made to allow lease renewal to occur more easily. Again, this is not a contentious change, nor is it a complex one.

Finally, changes are being made to the Human Rights Act. The Human Rights Commission has identified, through its experience, that there are some improvements that could occur in relation to complaints handling to achieve more effective and timely outcomes for people who seek its help. The bill includes a series of commonsense reforms that will give the commission greater flexibility in its operations when it comes to handling complaints. Again, these are not contentious or complex matters.

Of course the fact that they are not contentious and complex matters is confirmed by the fact that all parties in the Assembly are supporting the bill today. I thank members for their support of the bill and I commend it to the Assembly.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): Mr Assistant Speaker, I seek your leave to make an explanation under standing order 46 because I have been misrepresented.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): Leave is granted.

MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Assistant Speaker. In his comments Mr Corbell implied that we were so disinterested in this legislation that we did not even seek to get a briefing on this matter until this week. I want to put on the record that, when we left the government business meeting on Wednesday and found that this matter was coming forward, my staff rescheduled a briefing and brought it forward to Thursday, 2 December. It was held in conjunction with Mr Rattenbury and his staff.

We sought a second briefing because, quite frankly, the briefing provided by the officials at the time was scant and did not cover the issues that we wanted to raise. We sought a second briefing, which was provided to us yesterday. There were two briefings attended by me and my staff, on one occasion two staff members, along with Mr Rattenbury and his staff on two occasions. It is unfair and untrue to say that we did not seek a briefing until yesterday.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: The question is—

Mrs Dunne: Get your story straight, Simon.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, please! You had your opportunity under the standing orders.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


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