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Emergency Services) (11.12), in reply: I note that, even in Mrs Dunne’s absence, we had to have the gratuitous swipe at me, Madam Deputy Speaker. So there you go. Mrs Dunne was effectively channelled by Mr Hanson.

The Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill is part of a series of legislation that concerns the JACS portfolio. The bill, true to its nature as an omnibus bill, will improve the quality of the ACT statute book. The bill involves a mixture of minor and technical amendments as well as more substantive but uncontroversial amendments.

The bill makes amendments to a number of acts related to the Office of Regulatory Services. These amendments are primarily designed to improve efficiencies and governance arrangements in the Office of Regulatory Services. The bill also amends the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 to correct an inconsistency within that act and makes minor, technical amendments to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act.

Members have reflected on the value of reducing duplication and regulatory red tape on the part of the activities of ORS inspectors. I thank them for their support of the legislation and commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Planning and Building Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Debate resumed from 31 March 2011, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (11.15): The Canberra Liberals will be supporting this bill. I note that it is an omnibus bill which consists largely of technical amendments to several pieces of planning and building legislation and that it has the broad support of industry. Approved government guidelines necessitate that the essential criteria for inclusion of amendments in the bill are that such amendments are minor or technical and non-controversial or reflect only a minor policy change.

According to the accompanying explanatory statement, the proposed amendments seek to finetune requirements for required information for plans in exemption notice applications in the Building Act 2004; make a code of practice a notifiable instrument in the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004, thus making it publicly available; broaden the scope of the word “generator” in the Electricity Safety Act 1971 so that it will be applicable to residential dwellings; amend the Gas Safety Act

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