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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 2 Hansard (19 February) . . Page.. 312 ..

MRS DUNNE (continuing):

residential, clubs and hotels; and the provision of four hectares of open space on two hilltop parks.

We were particularly supportive of the concept of a local centre and the provision of mixed use, which would increase the appeal of the area generally, making existing enterprises more viable, entice other enterprises to the area and provide 24-hour security for the area. We were particularly pleased with the provision of urban open space in remnant woodland on the hilltops.

We did note, however, that there is uncertainty over the proposed route of the Gungahlin Drive extension. This draft variation was prepared on the premise that the eastern route of the Gungahlin Drive extension would go ahead. But since the preparation of this draft variation the government has changed and we are of the view that the government has a prerogative to implement its program.

By way of warning, we decided to place an R overlay over those areas of the Bruce precinct closest to where we presume the Gungahlin Drive extension will be sited. While we were assured by PALM that any possible realignment would be contained between Leverrier and Braybrooke Streets, we felt it incumbent upon us to alert those who had an interest in the area that there may be some encroachment into the Fern Hill precinct.

We further wish to point out that all developers would need to be aware of the encroachment of the western alignment of the Gungahlin Drive extension and be at particular pains to address noise attenuation. We particularly want to draw attention to the proximity of some future residential land to Gungahlin Drive and the particular needs of residents as a result of this encroachment. We have suggested that that land not be released until the Gungahlin Drive extension route is finally determined.

I commend the report to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Criminal Code Amendment Bill 2002

Mr Stanhope, by leave, presented the bill and its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Affairs and Minister for Women) (10.43): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, the bill amends the Criminal Code 2002 to delay its commencement pending the incorporation of further principles of criminal responsibility into the code. At present, the code contains only some of the principles of criminal responsibility and cannot operate effectively until the remaining principles have been included, which will occur later this autumn.

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