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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 12 Hansard (25 November) . . Page.. 3671 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

new authority on their existing terms and conditions. The employees' rights and obligations in future negotiations on employment conditions with ACTION Corporation will be protected by the relevant employment laws.

ACTION will continue to provide regular services throughout the transformation period. In conclusion, I would like to point out that the Bill imposes no overall additional regulatory or financial burden on the ACT Government or ACTION itself. This Bill represents a step towards a more effective and efficient public transport system for the people of the ACT. In short, this Bill will help bring out the "pluses of buses".

Debate (on motion by Mr Quinlan ) adjourned.


MR HUMPHRIES (Treasurer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Community Safety) (10.40): Mr Speaker, I present the Kingston Foreshore Development Authority Bill 1999, together with its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.


That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

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

Leave not granted.

MR HUMPHRIES: I do not mind; I have got all day. Mr Speaker, the Kingston Foreshore is arguably Canberra's most ambitious and exciting urban redevelopment project. The Government is committed to the redevelopment of the area as a mixed use waterfront precinct with a strong arts, cultural, tourism and leisure theme, with the entire project being undertaken on the basis of environmentally sustainable development.

The initiative has been welcomed by the Canberra community, who have informed and shaped the master plan for the area, now incorporated in the variation to the Territory Plan. The key challenge is now to set in place an implementation mechanism which will ensure that the potential inherent in the master plan is realised. The Kingston Foreshore Development Authority Bill proposes the establishment of a statutory authority responsible for the promotion, coordination, development and management of the Kingston Foreshore. The establishment of the authority was foreshadowed in the 1999-2000 territory budget.

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