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commenced. Clauses 1.34 to 1.55 make other minor and technical amendments to the regulations.

Mr Speaker, the COLA legislation has provided a significant improvement to the manner in which construction occupations have been regulated in the ACT. It has provided the registrar with greater flexibility with which to police infringements, and has allowed better means through which to achieve industry compliance. This bill will further contribute to those improvements by clarifying the intention of the legislation and thereby strengthening some of its provisions. I thank members for their support of this bill.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Corbell) agreed to:

That leave of absence from 2 July 2005 to 15 August 2005 be given to all Members.

Supplementary answer to question without notice


MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, before moving the adjournment motion, I want to provide an answer to a question that Mr Seselja asked of me in question time yesterday. In question time yesterday I undertook to check my own records and those of my office about the discussions with the Chief Planning Executive in relation to my proposed direction for the ACT Planning and Land Authority to apply a policy of sympathetic and complementary design for the type of development permitted to occur within the A10 land use policy areas for the suburbs of inner south and inner north Canberra. Mr Seselja asked:

On what date did you hold the discussions with Mr Savery, who else was present and where was the meeting held? What records were kept of this meeting or discussion and why is it that Mr Savery, when responding to a freedom of information request in May, could not remember having this discussion?

Firstly, I want to make it clear that Mr Savery’s response to the FOI request did not state that he could not remember having this discussion. Mr Savery’s advice was that no written record could be found of the discussion.

Mr Speaker, my records show that I met with several Griffith residents to discuss the impact of the A10 policy on 7 September 2004 at 11.30 am. That meeting occurred in my office in the Assembly. Also attending that meeting were Mr Savery, my media adviser, my planning adviser and another officer from the Planning and Land Authority.

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