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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 16 November 2011) . . Page.. 5345 ..


The outcome of this consultation was broad support from interested parties for legislation to govern retirement villages, although some disagreement on the exact operation of the provisions existed at first. I have worked hard to find an approach that accommodates the concerns of all parties and believe that this bill does so.

Throughout this process I have been pleased to receive the support of my colleagues, particularly the Chief Minister, the Attorney-General and the Minister for Ageing. I would also like to thank the staff of the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office for their assistance in drafting this legislation. Here in the Legislative Assembly members are fortunate to be supported by a number of dedicated professionals who help us in our work, and I would like to recognise their contribution and each individual who has made this process easier for me and for my office.

I thank former staff members Emma Smith, Annika Hutchins and Andrew Hunter for their work on this very important piece of legislation and my current staff, Monica Vannasy, Charles Njora and Jack Simpson—particularly Jack, who I am sure will get a good night’s sleep tonight—for their work in developing this bill. I would also like to thank Murielle Zielonka, who only works part time on other matters in my office. She has not been involved in the preparation of this legislation but plays an important role in quietly carrying out her work while the rest of the staff have been a tad preoccupied of late.

I believe this draft legislation is the most effective method of providing Canberrans with adequate protection when moving into a retirement village while also providing certainty, importantly, for the retirement village industry and facilitating growth for that industry. I look forward to the support of other members for this crucial piece of legislation.

Debate (on motion by Ms Bresnan) adjourned to the next sitting.

Electoral (Election Finance Reform) Amendment Bill 2011

Mrs Dunne, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.18): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

From the introduction of self-government in the ACT and before, the Liberal Party has worked steadily towards giving the citizens of the ACT the fairest and most open electoral system possible. The Liberal Party is proud of its role in the introduction of the Hare-Clark system into the ACT and I am personally proud of my role in that campaign.

Following from this, we have continued to support refinements to that system, where they passed the test of enhancing the fairness, openness, accessibility and security of


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