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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 10 Hansard (5 September) . . Page.. 3117 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

Mr Speaker, the amending Bill clarifies paragraph 184(b) by removing the reference to market value, to ensure that the regulations properly allow the determination of betterment, soon to be known as the "change of use charge". The existing legislation inappropriately requires that payments in respect of variations to leases be determined by and made to the Executive. The Bill removes this requirement and provides that payments be made to the Territory. Consequently, subregulations (1) and (2) of regulation 13 are also amended to reflect payment to the Territory. Mr Speaker, this Bill clearly defines paragraph 184(b) of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 and will enable it to operate with a greater level of certainty. I commend the Bill to the house.

Debate (on motion by Ms McRae) adjourned.

Report on Inquiry into Prevention of Violence in Schools


Report on Inquiry into Prevention of Violence in Schools - Government Response]

Debate resumed from 23 May 1996, on motion by Ms Tucker:

That the report be noted.

MR SPEAKER: I understand that it is the wish of the Assembly to debate this order of the day concurrently with order of the day No. 2, Assembly business, relating to the Government response to the Social Policy Committee's report on prevention of violence in schools. There being no objection, that course will be followed. I remind members that in debating order of the day No. 1 they may also address their remarks to order of the day No. 2.

MS TUCKER (10.52), in reply: I think I am closing this debate, actually.

Mr Humphries: You are responding to the Government response, too.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, it is a cognate debate.

MS TUCKER: Mr Speaker, I have to say that I am very disappointed with the Government's response. There is growing awareness in the community that simplistic responses to violence are not going to work and that the earlier we get in with systemic responses to prevent violence the more successful we will be. There is growing acceptance that childhood experiences are critical, and I remind members that this week is child abuse prevention week. Tackling violence, including subtle forms of violence, is a challenging issue, and I disagree with the Government that this report by the committee does not make a significant contribution to policy on the issue.

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