Page 1903 - Week 05 - Thursday, 5 May 2011

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developments. I do not want to pre-empt these further amendments or compromise their effectiveness by agreeing to what Ms Le Couteur has put forward to my office in the last day or so. I think that would be putting in place inappropriate measures in the interim.

The ACT has one of the best performing planning systems in the country and this is a credit to its foundation in the DAF leading practice model. Its track-based assessment provides the levels of notification and assessment relative to the likely impact and complexity of a development.

So, in that context, we are very pleased to support this bill to the in-principle stage today. I understand Ms Le Couteur wishes to move ahead with her amendments. I think it would be best if there were some negotiation around those and all parties had the chance to discuss them with a little more than just 24 to 48 hours notice.

Mr Seselja: More than we got.

MR BARR: Indeed. So I think it would be appropriate to advance this bill through the in-principle debate today and adjourn it until June, to consider the Greens’ amendments. I foreshadowed a piece of work that we are undertaking in terms of a second bill. It may well be that the Greens may be happy to wait and see what the government comes forward with then, or to engage with government before then, on what might be contained within that legislation. That is a matter for Ms Le Couteur to consider and to do so over the next six or eight weeks.

But in closing, can I again thank members for their support of this legislation. I note, of course, the issues that we will need to deal with later this year and look forward to getting a good outcome for the community and for our Planning and Development Act.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Clause 1.

Debate (on motion by Mr Barr) adjourned to the next sitting.

Sitting suspended from 11.43 am to 2 pm.

Questions without notice

Energy—feed-in tariff

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Minister for Energy. Minister, this morning your federal colleague the minister for climate change announced that the government will be cutting the solar panel subsidy because the scheme contributed to higher electricity prices. The minister also stated that state schemes that pay households to feed their surplus power back into the grid created price pressures. Minister, given the

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