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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (28 March) . . Page.. 1101 ..

MR CORBELL (continuing):

We need to make sure that the draft variation does not take interim effect. We need a process that properly engages people. Labor has set forward its process. I note that Mr Osborne has foreshadowed an amendment. Ms Tucker has tabled her amendment. We will be supporting Ms Tucker's amendment. I have no difficulty with including LAPACs in the consultation process. The process Labor has proposed for a community advisory panel is consistent with that adopted by the Bracks Labor government in Victoria, following the Victorian electorate's rejection of the Kennett government's VicCode. (Further extension of time granted.) We are adopting a similar process.

If Mr Osborne is concerned about a time limit or that the process may get bogged down, I would suggest that he propose a time limit in which the advisory panel can report. If, however, it is the will of the majority of the members of this place to support Mr Osborne's proposition, we will not argue against that because we believe any other process is better than the one that has existed to date. The important thing is that people are engaged in this process and the government is forced, not just to listen, but to respond to community concerns. I would hope that the debate today has helped to highlight exactly what it is we are addressing here and its significance and that, as a result, we will all be better informed and the policies will better reflect the aspirations Canberrans have for their suburbs.

MR SPEAKER: Perhaps I should explain advice I have received from the Clerk. I am about to put the amendment moved by Ms Tucker to Mr Corbell's motion. I want it to be quite clearly understood that carriage of Ms Tucker's amendment would prevent Mr Osborne's amendment coming forward. Mr Corbell understands that because he has referred to it. I am not asking for a particular view to be taken. I am simply advising members that that will be the consequence. Members should vote as they wish.

Amendment negatived.

MR OSBORNE (9.36): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move the amendment circulated in my name.

Leave granted.


Omit paragraphs (a) to (f), substitute the following paragraphs:

"(a) a further 3 month public consultation is undertaken on details of the proposed policies and code;

(b) the outcome of the consultation is provided to the Government; and

(c) the Government has responded to and tabled the report on the consultation and the response in the Assembly and the Assembly has completed any consideration of the report and the response.".

MR SPEAKER: Do you wish to speak to the amendment, Mr Osborne?


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