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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 1945 ..



This means that potential buyers cannot obtain an undertaking that a certificate of occupancy for the building will be issued once it has been sold.

The Commonwealth is now disposing of a number of its buildings and has asked for assistance, which the Government has been happy to provide. The same considerations apply to buildings that the ACT Government sells.

The Bill therefore amends the Building Act to allow the Government concerned or the occupier to apply for a certificate before or after the building is sold. The building has to meet minimum standards of safety but not those of current building codes.

To distinguish it from "certificates of occupancy" for buildings that are constructed to current standards, the certificate is called a "certificate of regularisation".

The Bill also makes some minor technical amendments to the Building Act. They affect the requirements of the Building Act to recycle construction waste and the statutory insurance for residential building work.

I commend the Bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell ) adjourned.


MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (11.03): Mr Speaker, I present the Environment Protection (Amendment) Bill 1999, together with its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

I seek leave to have the presentation speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows:

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