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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 25 November 2014) . . Page.. 3952 ..


Summernats to Lifeline’s book fairs and, of course, the weekly Canberra Region Farmers Market and very regular dog shows. Equally, this change will not impact on the development of the low-cost tourist accommodation site, which will boost our capacity in that sector of the market.

I would also like to reiterate that staff will remain public servants, as they currently are, and I thank them all for their ongoing work in managing and maintaining the facility for the community. This change is about bringing like functions together rather than achieving large savings. Having said that, I do expect that this change will result in some savings in the order of $140,000 due to the EPIC board being abolished—that figure being over four years.

I take the opportunity, in closing this debate, to thank Peter Barclay, Robyn Hendry and Liz Clarke—the CEO of Exhibition Park—for their service. I would also like to thank past board members for their contributions. I am pleased that Ms Clarke will continue to be involved in the management of this important venue in her new role in the Territory Venues and Events group within the directorate, which will ensure that the valuable corporate knowledge and expertise that Ms Clarke holds will be retained and will facilitate a smooth and seamless integration.

I would like to thank the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety, in their legislative scrutiny role, for their review of the repeal bill. The committee commented on clause 1.1 of schedule 1 of the bill, the Henry VIII clause. I note that the committee raised no objection to this clause and that no response is required.

Madam Deputy Speaker, the government is committed to regulatory reform. This repeal bill is in line with our work to remove outdated and unnecessary legislation. I think we can be pleased today to finally say goodbye to a piece of legislation that is more than 40 years old and is no longer required. I commend this bill to the Assembly.

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 8

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mrs Jones

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


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