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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 1947 ..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

This legislation is yet another example of the Government's on-going commitment to the environment, both in a local, and in a broader, national, sense.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell ) adjourned.


MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (11.04): Mr Speaker, I present the Land (Planning and Environment) (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:

Some time ago, the members of this Assembly agreed that Professor Des Nicholls of the Australian National University would be appointed to conduct an independent study on the impact of change of use charges on investment in the ACT. He would also, under his terms of reference, examine possibilities for changing the current system.

Much has been said by various members about the delays in commencing the study, and I have expressed my regrets that the process took longer than the Government had expected.

However, Professor Nicholls completed his study and presented his report to Government in May.

At the same time as releasing the report for public discussion I advised that the Government would be introducing into this session of the Assembly various amendments to the Land Act to reduce the rate of Change of Use Charge from the current 75 per cent to 50 per cent.

I also stated that I would be moving a second amendment to the Land Act to remove the current sunset clause which reverts change of use to 100 per. cent after 31 August this year.

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