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The regulatory framework furthers the Ministerial Council on Energy goal for the convergence of natural gas and electricity regulation and contains a number of areas in common with the national electricity law. The bill applies, as a law of the ACT, the national gas law set out in a schedule to the National Gas (South Australia) Act 2008 of South Australia as well as any regulations made under that law. It will repeal the Gas Pipelines Access Act 1998, the current ACT legislation that applies the national gas pipeline access law as a law in the territory. It confers necessary functions and powers on the commonwealth minister and commonwealth bodies, including the Australian Energy Regulator, the Australian Competition Tribunal and the National Competition Council.

The new legislation applying the national gas law in the ACT represents the achievement of another significant milestone in the COAG national energy reforms. I thank members for their contribution and their foreshadowed support for this bill. As Mr Pratt indicated in his presentation, there is just one small technical amendment that I will be moving in the detail stage, which is required to ensure consistency in commencement of the bill with the national regime. I foreshadow that now and will move it at the appropriate time.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Minister for the Arts) (8.07): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 2021].

I table a supplementary explanatory statement on the government amendment. As I indicated, this is a very technical amendment, which is required to ensure that the provisions of the new act will commence consistently with the national scheme.

MR PRATT (Brindabella) (8.07): Mr Speaker, we support the amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

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

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Land Rent Bill 2008

Debate resumed from 8 May 2008, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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