Page 57 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 15 February 2011

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MR STANHOPE: I present another set of executive contracts. These documents are tabled in accordance with sections 31A and 79 of the Public Sector Management Act, which require the tabling of all chief executive contracts and contract variations. Contracts were previously tabled on 7 December. Today I present one long-term contract, 35 short-term contracts and 24 contract variations. Details of the contracts will be circulated to members.

Legislation program—autumn 2011

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development,
Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Legislation Program—Autumn 2011.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I am pleased to present the government’s autumn 2011 legislation program. This year, the government’s legislative focus will be to getting on with the job of growing and improving Canberra and to better providing for our community’s future. We will continue our emphasis on reforms and for delivering on the commitments we made to the people of the ACT.

A range of new initiatives are to be proposed that will build on the government’s achievements and record to date. These will further promote positive action on important issues, such as sustainability, health and legal reforms, and public safety.

To maintain our effort for increasing the production of renewable energy in the territory, the Electricity Feed-in (Large Scale Generation) Bill 2011 will build upon the successful household scale feed-in tariff. It will facilitate establishment of market-based processes to implement the government’s commitment to a clean economy through the deployment of large scale renewable generating capacity.

Legislation is also to be proposed to establish a residential energy efficiency scheme. It will facilitate delivery of household energy efficiency improvements with a special benefit to low income households.

A key government priority is the provision of high quality health care to all Canberrans. To improve the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of health services in the ACT, the Health Amendment Bill 2011 will amend parts 4 and 5 of the Health Act 1993 that governs how approved clinical privileges committees and quality assurance committees exercise their powers and perform their functions. The amendments will clarify the existing legislation in order to give better effect to the intention of the legislation.

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