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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 3144 ..

MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

Department of Education, Youth and Family Services for their work on bringing this package together.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MS GALLAGHER (Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, Minister for Women and Minister for Industrial Relations) (10.49): I seek leave to move amendments Nos 1 to 4 together.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: I move amendments Nos 1 to 4 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 3221].

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Building (Residential Building Warranty) Amendment Bill 2003

Debate resumed from 8 May 2003, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS DUNNE (10.50): Mr Speaker, the Liberal opposition will be supporting this bill. It is mostly procedural and brings building warranty legislation in the ACT into line with what is happening in Victoria and, more importantly, New South Wales.

When this bill first came to my attention, I was particularly concerned to ensure that it did not adversely impact on what I consider to be a substantial and very important policy initiative undertaken in the ACT, that is, the master builders fidelity fund, which provides a large proportion of the building indemnity insurance in the ACT. I have had consultations with the Master Builders Association and some of the main players in the fidelity fund, along with the Housing Industry Association, and I am satisfied that all of the needs of those key players who provide such substantial and important employment sources in the ACT are being met. On that basis, and because it provides cross-jurisdictional consistency, the Liberal opposition will be supporting the bill.

MS TUCKER (10.52): Mr Speaker, this bill brings the ACT residential building warranty into line with Victoria and New South Wales. The process has been driven by the insurance companies, of which there is only one in the ACT, which wanted the

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