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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 21 June 2011) . . Page.. 2191 ..


committee does not appear to have examined the nature of those matters and whether they should be subject to regulation or not, and it has not provided a rationale for its suggestion that the regulations take effect at the end of the disallowance period or as approved by the Assembly.

I understand that there are some very active discussions going on between the government and the Greens on some amendments being drafted by them. These have been discussed, I think since Monday afternoon, and that is the reason why we are only going to the in-principle stage today, to allow those discussions to continue. I would suggest if the Liberals wanted to be relevant in this debate they could actually engage in that process as well.

Mr Seselja: We have not seen the amendments.

MS GALLAGHER: That is not my problem.

Mr Seselja: What a cosy coalition.

MS GALLAGHER: There they all go, even at 9.30. This bill is not the appropriate vehicle for discussing such an approach. They are feeling left out and irrelevant, I think.

Mr Smyth: Explain 277.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Smyth!

MS GALLAGHER: I will get to 277, if I have enough time, or 276A(1), or whatever it was you were talking about. I will get to it because it is actually quite—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Members, enough interjecting!

MS GALLAGHER: When one reads it, without a particular point to make, it is actually extremely understandable.

Regulations are used in a number of respects. They allow the government to respond quickly to unforeseen issues and changing circumstances in an efficient manner without the need for lengthy legislative amendments.

The matters proposed to be subject to subordinate legislation are the specification of what is chargeable and non-chargeable lease variations, schedules of charges, guidelines for setting the charges and treatment of off-site works. These matters are better suited to subordinate legislation. Property valuations can change quickly, depending on market factors, and it is crucial that legislation retain the ability to adapt to these changes as required. As I said, I understand there are some discussions going on around some potential amendments to this particular part of the bill.

The last issue raised by the committee relates to section 276D. The committee has noted that the explanatory statement does not seek to make a case for the rate to be set


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