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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 December 2020) . . Page.. 44 ..

and in the past bills have made an important contribution to COVID-safe practices but, most importantly, to the continued provision of services across government and the community. I thank the Attorney-General for his contribution in supporting the development of this bill, and I commend it to the Assembly.

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

Planning and Unit Titles Legislation Amendment Bill 2020

Mr Gentleman, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.54): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Planning and Unit Titles Legislation Amendment Bill 2020. The bill is part of the government’s regular program of omnibus amendment bills that make minor policy and technical amendments to the statute book. Omnibus bills are an effective means of keeping the ACT’s legislation up to date and give the government the ability to respond quickly to changing circumstances.

This bill contains minor policy and technical amendments to the following pieces of legislation administered by the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate and the Justice and Community Safety Directorate: the Civil Law (Property) Act 2006; the Civil Law (Property) Amendment Regulation 2020; the Civil Law (Sale of Residential Property) Act 2003; the Planning and Development Act 2007; and the Unit Titles (Management) Act 2011. The bill makes changes to existing legislative provisions regarding unit titles and community concessional leases.

Many of the amendments relating to unit titles arose during the implementation of the government’s stage 1 Managing Buildings Better reforms, and through discussions with the Unit Titles Consultative Group, which comprises industry and community representatives. They are minor amendments to make sure that legislation relating to unit titles, including the amendments introduced by the Unit Titles Legislation Amendment Act 2020, which came into effect on 1 November 2020, is effective and clear.

The provisions relating to community concessional leases are intended to make sure that the legislation providing for the community concessional lease scheme, introduced in the Planning and Development (Community Concessional Leases) Amendment Act 2019, operates as intended.

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