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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 1 November 2018) . . Page.. 4694 ..


I seek leave to move amendments Nos 1 to 3 circulated in my name together.

Leave granted.

MR GENTLEMAN: I move amendments Nos 1 to 3 circulated in my name together and I table a supplementary explanatory statement to the amendments [see schedule 1 at page 4712].

MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (5.00): The amendments give effect to a number of agreed matters.

All parties have agreed to report on easements prescribed by regulation under this act. We believe that there is merit in including easements based on size, price paid or another relevant criterion. If the ACT government were to pay a significant amount for an easement it would, we believe, be in the public interest to still report on that purchase. The sheer fact that it is an easement should not mean that it cannot or should not be reported under any circumstances.

The Canberra Liberals’ position remains as stated in the original bill. We believe that all territory entities should be included. While we appreciate Labor and the Greens’ position, we are glad to see that the territory-owned corporations will be included.

We support a delayed commencement date for territory-owned corporations to allow time for the necessary implementation. Whilst we are willing to support that, I do think it is a bit of a stretch that somehow Icon Water are unable to report on this by 1 July, but in the spirit of tri-partisanship we are happy to support that.

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (5.02): I will also be supporting this and the Liberal amendment to the ALP amendment, as it is clear that all three parties will do so.

I want to put on record my thanks to all the staff in all three offices that have been working on this. It is really complicated. I hope that I am going to manage to follow the script correctly, because this is particularly complicated. It is a pity it has gone right down to the wire and that there have been amendments today on the subject. It is a pity that we could not have done this a bit earlier. But, given that, I very much thank, in particular, Jason from my office and others from others’ offices for their hard work on ensuring that we will get our lines right and get the best possible outcome in this complicated bit of legislation.

MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (5.03): I seek leave to move amendments that have not been circulated in accordance with standing order 178A.

Leave granted.

MR COE: I move amendment No 1, on the blue paper, to Mr Gentleman’s proposed amendment No 1 [see schedule 2 at page 4718].


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