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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 12 Hansard (25 November) . . Page.. 3773 ..

MR CORBELL (5.48): The Labor Party will not be supporting this amendment. As Ms Tucker indicates, there are already penalties for issues such as causing soil erosion near a watercourse. I do not think it is appropriate that the Assembly in this case should increase the penalty units for managing land other than in accordance with an LMA. I understand that the Government has come to this view on the basis of advice from the Department of Justice and Community Safety and the comparability of different penalties across a broad range of legislation. In this case that appears to be an appropriate judgment, so we cannot support Ms Tucker's amendment.

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (5.49): Mr Speaker, I thank the Labor Party for their support. We believe a penalty of $5,000, or 50 penalty units, is the appropriate level. We will oppose the amendment.

MS TUCKER (5.50): I just want to clarify. I mentioned higher penalties only as comparisons. I was not suggesting that they would deal with the issues. There are broader issues that have to be looked at.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Debate resumed from 2 September 1999, on motion by Mr Smyth:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Inquiry into Betterment - Alteration to Reporting Date

MR HIRD (5.51): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to move a motion to alter the reporting date for the Standing Committee on Urban Services' inquiry into betterment and change of use charge.

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