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Thursday, 10 December 2009

The Assembly met at 10 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee

Reporting date

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (10.03), by leave: I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 25 February 2009, as amended on 13 October 2009, which referred the issue of live community events to the Committee be amended by omitting the words “and report by the last sitting day in December 2009” and substituting “and present an interim report by the end of the last sitting day in December 2009 and present a final report by the last sitting day in June 2010.”

I will briefly explain to members why the committee is seeking to amend the reference. There are two reasons. Firstly, it wants to present an interim report which will be presented later in the day by the chair, Ms Porter, who unfortunately cannot be here at this point in time. While the committee has addressed the items referred to in the inquiry’s terms of reference in the interim report, the committee acknowledges there are also a large number of other regulatory approaches to support live entertainment which warrant further consideration, such as transport, access, public liability, security, amenity or public interest considerations when granting liquor licences, noise limits and noise zones in entertainment precincts.

As previously noted, the committee is aware that the cultural ministers working group on contemporary music development is currently developing a best practice guide for development of legislative and regulatory environments supporting live music and entertainment. The committee wrote to the Chief Minister on 23 September 2009 to request that a copy of the best practice guide be made available to the committee when released and this guide was not, unfortunately, available at the time of finalising the interim report. The committee would like to consider the best practice guide before assessing the most appropriate combination of regulatory mechanisms to support live events in the ACT and before preparing and analysing the approaches of other states and territories. The committee, therefore, considers this inquiry should be ongoing.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Domestic Animals Amendment Bill 2009

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

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