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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 119 ..

MS CARNELL (continuing):

(b) the exercise of the powers conferred by the warrant is reasonably necessary for the due administration of this Act.

`(5) Where any power (including entry to premises) is exercised in accordance with a warrant, section 22EG applies, subject to any conditions or limitations set out in the warrant, in relation to the exercise of the power.'.".

I present the supplementary explanatory memorandum.

Mr Speaker, this amendment relates to the power of entry granted to authorised officers under the provisions of this Bill. This amendment will provide that authorised officers will be able to gain entry to premises that are used for residential purposes in addition to business purposes only with the consent of the occupant or under the powers of a warrant issued by a magistrate. This will ensure protection of homes from access by inspectors without appropriate consent and authority and is consistent with the powers available under other taxation legislation in the Territory. I commend this amendment to the Assembly.

Amendment agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Report on Draft Variation to the Territory Plan - Water Use and Catchment Policies

MR HIRD (12.00): Mr Speaker, I present report No. 18 of the Standing Committee on Urban Services entitled "Draft Variation to the Territory Plan No. 98 relating to water use and catchment policies", together with a copy of the extracts of minutes of the proceedings. I move:

That the report be noted.

This report by the Urban Services Committee is a straightforward one. On 9 November last year the Minister for Urban Services referred the draft variation to the committee for examination. The committee had too many things on at that time to arrange a briefing on the variation, but we moved quickly to deal with it in this year's program. We conducted a public briefing last Friday and were impressed with the quality of information provided by two DUS officers, Dr Liston from PALM and Mr Croston from Environment ACT. Their information was invaluable to the committee. In our private meeting after the briefing we resolved to endorse the variation, which has led to this report today. I commend the report to the parliament.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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