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information booklet containing information about unit titles and, in particular, about the 2008 changes.
I also want to restate our intention to continue to work with owners and owners corporation managers to provide useful information to stakeholders through the new website. Specifically, the government will continue to implement and update this website with relevant information for stakeholders. Preparing information about new legislation is in itself insufficient if the information is not available to people when they need it.
While it is the government’s hope that the web resources will meet some of this need, I note that the Greens have helpfully suggested that a booklet that I have referred to should be delivered to as many stakeholders as possible. I am pleased to advise the Assembly that this will be delivered, in the absence of a database of relevant owners, through a mail-out using letterbox drops to all obvious unit buildings and copies will also be provided to all agents for their clients. The mail-out will contain an invitation to lodge feedback to the government on implementation and possible future changes to the act.
Further, the government will undertake a 12-month operational review of the operation of the act, incorporating the feedback received as a basis for amending the act, if necessary, to ensure its effective operation. I would also like to give some further information about some provisions in the act to assist in a better understanding of the amendments and to provide some assurances to stakeholders about how the government proposes to administer the act. Accordingly, I would like to table a document setting out this further information about the intended operation of the Unit Titles Act 2008 and particular provisions of interest.
Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety, performing the duties of a scrutiny of bills and subordinate legislation committee. The Unit Titles Amendment Bill 2009 would amend the commencement date from 31 March 2009 to 1 July 2009 for the provisions of the Unit Titles Amendment Act 2008 (No 2) relating to implied warranties. The committee has examined the bill and offers no comment on it.
Standing and temporary orders—suspension
Motion (by Mrs Dunne) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:
That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent order of the day No 1, Private Members’ business, relating to the Unit Titles Amendment Bill 2009, being called on and debated forthwith.
Unit Titles Amendment Bill 2009
Debate resumed from 25 March 2009, on motion by Mrs Dunne: