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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2020 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 20 August 2020) . . Page.. 2122 ..


Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Planning Legislation Amendment Bill 2020

Detail stage

Debate resumed from 7 May 2020.

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clause 2.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Advanced Technology and Space Industries, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Urban Renewal) (4.53): I seek leave to move amendments to this bill that have not been considered by the scrutiny committee.

Leave granted.

MR GENTLEMAN: I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 3 at page 2162]. I table a supplementary explanatory statement to the amendments. The government amendments to the commencement provisions are to enable the independent planning and land authority time to implement the changes that will come about as a result of this bill.

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (4.54): We will be supporting this clause, but what is going on here—and this has to be made abundantly clear—is that the government, which, at the end of the day, is the Labor Party, would much rather that we were not debating this bill in this chamber. It is kicking the most onerous clauses of this bill far enough down the road so that whichever party is in power after October can either adjust those clauses even further or simply repeal them. So this amendment begs the question why we are even debating the bill in the first place. Nevertheless, we will be supporting this amendment.

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (4.55): I recommend that, in the interests of not making a mess of the legislation that we pass today, members vote for Minister Gentleman’s amendment. It covers more of the possible situations that we could end up with at the end of the debate. Although I do have considerable—what is the word?—sympathy for Mr Parton’s views on this, I am, nonetheless, very hopeful that the changes that may be passed here will lead to long-term positive changes in our planning system.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 2, as amended, agreed to.


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