Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 26 March 2009) . . Page.. 1460 ..
concerning the implementation of significant changes occasioned by the Unit Titles Amendment Act 2008 (No 2).
Leave not granted.
Standing and temporary orders—suspension
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (4.42): I move:
That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Corbell from making a statement in relation to the implementation of the Unit Titles Amendment Act 2008 (No 2).
Mr Speaker, I am asking leave of the Assembly to make a statement in relation to the implementation of the Unit Titles Amendment Act 2008 (No 2) in response to representations made to me by the ACT Greens. They seek some reassurances in relation to processes involving the implementation of the new act, consultation, the provision of information and further operational review. I would like an opportunity to inform the Assembly of the government’s position.
MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.43): I will not be supporting the suspension of the standing orders for the same reason we did not support leave. This was raised with my office earlier today. I pointed out to the minister that as we were going on to talk about the Unit Titles Amendment Bill 2009 I thought that was the appropriate place to make the statement. This is a statement that both the Greens and the Liberal Party have called for in relation to clarifying some matters, which is extrinsic material. We are about to debate the Unit Titles Amendment Bill and that is the appropriate time for it to be dealt with.
Question resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.
Statement by minister
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (4.44): I thank the Greens for their support. Once again, we see Mrs Dunne’s opposition for the sake of it in this place. Since the passage of the act, the ACT government has released a number of online resources concerning changes to the Unit Titles Act, principally through the Unit Titles Amendment Act 2008 (No 2).
Recently the government released a website providing a central access point to all of these resources and providing detailed fact sheets covering the changes. The government also notes that it and other members have been approached by a number of people seeking guidance about their responsibilities and rights as members of owners corporations, both generally and in relation to the changes to the 2008 law. Accordingly, today I am very pleased to commit the government to preparing an