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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 16 February 2011) . . Page.. 219 ..


We are also supportive of the amendments, as I have indicated earlier, around penalties and adjusting those penalties to be in line with the Listening Devices Act.

I have addressed the other amendments but I also wish to note that there has been an addition to the rooms where it is prohibited to have surveillance conducted. The rooms or areas that have been added are first-aid rooms and rooms used for recreation activity, and we are supportive of both of those being added to the list.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (5.10): The Canberra Liberals are opposed to the changes in the penalties in the legislation as it currently stands as proposed by the minister.

I understand the Greens did do some consultation with the business community, as did we, based on the bill with the penalties in it. I note also that there is provision for review of the legislation in one year’s time. The business community has not been consulted, as far as I can tell, on the upping of the penalties, which in some cases are substantial, fourfold, and some penalties have been increased to 50 penalty units, which is quite substantial for a corporation.

On the basis of those changes, we will not be supporting the amendments that relate to the penalties. I am putting this on the record. We will not divide on it but I will put on the record that we do not support these changes. It is clear that the government and the Greens do. But we think this is an unreasonable impost on business and they have not been consulted. On that basis we are not prepared to support those amendments.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Roads—Isabella Drive

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (5.13): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that residents in the suburb of Macarthur had the benefit of a noise attenuation barrier, along the north of Isabella Drive, that ameliorated the effect of noise generated by traffic travelling along Isabella Drive;

(b) that this barrier has been reduced at various times, thereby reducing its effectiveness;

(c) that the reduction in the size of this barrier has been exacerbated as a consequence of Telstra undertaking works in the area; and


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