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ACTPLA will inform all objectors of its decision on the DA and advise them on their rights of appeal to the ACT Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Gas-fired power station

The response read as follows:

Response for tabling to petition lodged on 8 May 2008 by Mr Pratt MLA, in relation to DA 200704152, Tuggeranong district.

The applicant for this proposal has lodged alterations to the application to respond to many of the concerns raised by the community. The altered application is being renotified and the subject of assessment.

The evaluation of a PA and the assessment of a DA are the responsibility of the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) and due process needs to be followed.

The Government has only provided “in principle” agreement to the use of the site for the purpose sought, subject to planning approval.

The petition raises concerns that the magnitude of the social and environmental impacts of the proposed Canberra Technology City remains unknown. The very purpose of a PA process is to scope the extent of potential impacts and determine whether higher level environmental assessment is required.

The DA process will determine the suitability of the land for the proposed use after consideration of the requirements of the Territory Plan, relevant legislation, and the outcome of any PA evaluation. As part of its assessment, ACTPLA will also take into consideration submissions from the community. The outcome of the determination by ACTPLA as sought by the petition, should not be pre-empted.

Court Legislation Amendment Bill 2008

Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.34): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, today I am introducing the Court Legislation Amendment Bill 2008. This bill contains a number of reforms to the ACT’s court legislation, which has been the subject of progressive reform since the Court Procedures Act was passed in 2004. This bill contains new initiatives, including a court attendance notice, improved reference appeal procedures, and time-saving changes to requirements for written statements admitted as evidence.

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