Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 9 Hansard (2 September) . . Page.. 2773 ..
MR SMYTH (continuing):
These amendments ensure that there is no uncertainty about the basis on which compensation for a short-term rural lease will be calculated. It is necessary to ensure that rent paid at less than market value on short-term rural leases, and the limited tenure attached to the leases, are taken into account when assessing compensation. By including these restrictions on the assessment of compensation, the Government has ensured that the compensation will be on just terms, as required by the Act. However, the Bill removes the opportunity for windfall gains through high compensation payments based on any inappropriate interpretations of the existing provisions.
This Bill is part of the Government's comprehensive approach to rural policy, which seeks to clarify areas of ambiguity and uncertainty for rural lessees. Without the amendment, this Government and future governments will be left open to the possibility of inappropriately large compensation payouts for short-term rural leases. It would be irresponsible to allow that opportunity to remain.
Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell ) adjourned.
MR OSBORNE (11.04): I move:
(1) if the Assembly is not sitting when the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety has completed its reports on:
(a) the establishment of an ACT prison (second interim report); and/or
(b) its inquiry into the Joint Emergency Services Centre
the committee may send its report on the inquiry to the Speaker or, in the absence of the Speaker, to the Deputy Speaker who is authorised to give directions for its printing, publication and circulation; and
(2) the foregoing provisions of this resolution have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.
The committee hopes to report in the next month on those two issues. That is the reason behind this motion.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
MS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (11.05): Mr Speaker, I move: