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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (7 August) . . Page.. 2449 ..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

comments from the Property Law Committee of the Law Society and comments from the scrutiny of bills committee, it is an appropriate amendment to make.

Clause 93, which we also seek to amend, deals with the review of decisions made by the minister that would refuse the consent of some community title schemes. Again, having worked through the material with the Law Society and the scrutiny of bills committee, we considered it was appropriate to make these amendments.

The Community Title Bill 2001 has been developed following quite wide consultation over about 18 months. That process involved the major parties who would have an interest in this. We went out to groups as diverse as the Institute of Surveyors and the Residential Tenancy Advisory Group. If and when the bill is passed-and clearly it will be passed-it will be the subject of public information sessions. This will allow the people of the ACT to have a choice of lifestyle similar to that that exists over the border in New South Wales at the Merryville Estates in Murrumbateman.

Mr Speaker, this choice will bolster the way people live in the ACT. I think we need to make sure that we are competitive in respect of what is happening across the border. But I think we also need to make sure that we offer protections for those that would get involved in such a scheme, and I can see that numerous groups would be interested in this.

Mr Speaker, the amendments are quite simple and I would hope that we might be able to proceed with them. I thank the Assembly for supporting what will be, I think, a very valuable and very worthwhile change to the way people can live in the ACT.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (12.04): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move the amendments circulated in my name together.

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH: I move my amendments Nos 1 to 4 [see schedule 4 at page 2508] and I table the explanatory memorandum. The first amendment amends clause 9 and simply adds the words "that need to be made for the scheme to comply with this Act". I think this is self-explanatory.

MR CORBELL (12.05): Mr Speaker, having heard the minister's explanation of the amendments-and I have had a further quick look at them-the Labor Party is prepared to proceed at this stage. They appear to be relatively minor. The Labor Party has no objection to this amendment.

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