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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (28 March) . . Page.. 1115 ..

Occupational health and safety legislation

MR BERRY (10.26): During my speech on the Occupational Health and Safety Bill I omitted to thank people from the Parliamentary Counsel's Office who assisted me in the drafting of the legislation to ensure that it conformed with the legal norms. I thank them for their expeditious dealing with the request, and for dealing with the requests that arose out of consultation with the department and other consultation.

I also thank members who supported the legislation. This will not be the last example of on-the-spot fines for this sort of thing. I note that the government is doing a review of the legislation, and I expect at some time in the future we will see something arising from that, but for the moment I think this is a sound step forward and one which will be welcomed by many workers in the community.

Proposed policies for residential development and proposed Code of Residential Development

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.26), in reply: Mr Corbell, in closing the debate on his motion today, said that the government did not have a definition of streetscape and that that this was sloppy of the government. In fact, it was sloppy of Mr Corbell, because if he goes to page 29 of appendix VI of the Territory Plan of course he will find, lo and behold, a definition of streetscape. Just so he knows what it means, I will read it:

Streetscape includes the visible components within a street (or part of a street) including the private land between facing buildings, including the form of buildings, treatment of setbacks, fencing, existing trees, landscaping, driveway and street layout and surfaces, utility services and street furniture such as lighting, signs, barriers and bus shelters.

It is quite a nice definition of streetscape.

Mr Berry: I knew that. He knows that.

MR SMYTH: If you knew that, why did he say we did not have a definition?

On a more important issue, I have just received advice from officials from the department on the motion, as amended, regarding ACTCode. It starts with the line:

That the Assembly directs the ACT Government to not proceed with the release of the Proposed Policies ...

I have a note here that says I will need to take advice on whether the Assembly can give the direction it has given to the ACT government, on the basis that it is the Planning Authority and not the minister that is empowered to notify plan variations.

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