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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 7 Hansard (2 July) . . Page.. 2086 ..


Debate resumed from 1 July 1999, on motion by Mr Smyth:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell ) adjourned.

MR SPEAKER: Is it intended to set it down for a later hour this sitting?

Mr Corbell: No.

MR SPEAKER: Very well. Thank you..


MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care) (10.34): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to introduce a new Bill on land planning and environment and to debate the Bill immediately. It is simply to extend the sunset clause, Mr Speaker.

Leave granted.

MR MOORE: I present the Land (Planning and Environment) (Amendment) Bill (No. 2) 1999, together with an explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR MOORE: I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Yesterday the Assembly referred the matter of the report of Professor Nicholls to a committee. It is appropriate that in this Bill we now extend the sunset clause relating to betterment to 31 March so that when the committee reports we can consider the issue appropriately. It seems to me at the moment, from counting numbers, Mr Speaker, that, depending on the report of the committee, it may well come back to 50 per cent, but it will have been considered appropriately and done in a rational way. All this Bill does is extend the sunset clause from 31 August this year to 31 March. No doubt members are waiting to get copies of the legislation so that they can scan through it. They are being distributed at the moment.

This issue has been before the Assembly almost monthly, I think, probably since the Assembly first sat in 1989. We have had many debates on betterment, or what is now referred to as the change of use charge. The issue has caused a great deal of interest, not only here but within the community. There has been a wide range of views and there has been a series of reports into the leasehold system. The one from Professor Nicholls was the most recent, but we can go back to Stein, and many of us remember

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