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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2585 ..



and transparency of this Labor government which has not been exercised by the Treasurer.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Burke ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Absence of Speaker and Deputy Speaker

The acting clerk informed the Assembly that the Speaker, Mr Berry, will be absent from the Assembly from 27 June to 13 July 2003 inclusive and that, in accordance with standing order 6, the Deputy Speaker, Mr Cornwell, shall perform the duties of the Speaker from 27 June to 3 July 2003 inclusive and the Temporary Deputy Speaker, Mr Hargreaves, shall perform the duties from 4 July to 12 July 2003 inclusive.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Wood ) agreed to:

That leave of absence from 27 June to 18 August 2003 inclusive be given to all Members.

Planning and Land Legislation Amendment Bill 2003

Detail stage

Proposed new clause 3A.

Debate resumed from 19 June 2003.


(3.54): I did seek adjournment of this matter previously because we had not had a chance to look at the government's amendments, but I am happy to say today that I am supporting the government's amendments to the legislation. They are largely machinery provisions which I do not think should cause us concern. I look forward to seeing how well the new planning and land development system works in practice. I understand that a review of the legislation is intended.


(Minister for Health and Minister for Planning) (3.55): Mr Speaker, I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 2667]. Section 18 (2) of the Planning and Land Act allows the ACT Planning and Land Authority to delegate its lease granting function to the Land Development Agency. A delegation is being prepared under section 18 (2) limiting the delegation to land that has been delivered to the agency by the ACT Planning and Land Authority and stating that the delegation may only be exercised if the lease and its conditions are agreed to by the Planning and Land Authority. Section 56 of the Planning and Land Act relates to delegation by the LDA of its powers. The act currently provides that a delegation may only be given to the CEO of the agency.

Mr Speaker, this amendment has come about because sometimes the Land Development Agency will need to grant several hundred leases at a time. It is clearly necessary to empower staff at the agency, under management, to sign leases, that is, senior officers and SES officers. Section 18 (2) does not allow the authority currently to delegate

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