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outlines the type of work to be undertaken and provides builder contact details. This bill extends the signage requirements to also require information to be shown about where copies of the plan are available for public inspection. This, of course, is largely a transitional requirement, because once single dwellings in existing suburbs are moved into code track they will be publicly notified and neighbours will know of the plans. The regulations from PABLAB 2 have not yet been finalised and thus have not commenced. Thus the provisions in relation to extending the signage requirements will not commence until the later of either the commencement of the rest of this bill or the commencement of the regulations relating to PABLAB 2.

I commend this bill to the Assembly. I think it is a reasonable approach to trying to get a better balance between the needs for information by existing residents of an area and the needs for efficiency and certainty in our planning system.

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

Standing and temporary orders—suspension

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (10.30): I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Ms Bresnan from presenting a bill without its explanatory statement.

I am moving to suspend standing orders as the explanatory statement for the Official Visitor Bill that I am seeking to table today has not been prepared in time to be provided with the bill today in accordance with the standing orders. I do apologise to members for this. Due to the illness of a staff member in my office, we were not able to prepare the explanatory statement in time for the tabling today. We will distribute the explanatory statement as soon as possible to relevant ministers and Liberal spokespeople. I apologise once again for this occurring and seek the agreement of members to suspend standing orders and table the bill today.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (10.31): The government will support the motion proposed by Ms Bresnan, but we wish to make the point that it is not a precedent we would like to see extended in general. It is important that explanatory statements are supplied with bills when they are tabled. I appreciate the particular circumstances in Ms Bresnan’s office in relation to this particular instance, but we would like to place on the record that we do not consider this a precedent.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.31): I was not going to comment, but I rise briefly to indicate that I agree with the minister that this should not be a precedent. We will be supporting the suspension of standing orders. I do sympathise, because when we introduced our campaign finance reform bill we were in the situation where we had the illness of someone in our office who had been doing the bulk of the work and it meant that at 9 o’clock the night before the bill was introduced we were still finalising the explanatory statement with the help of volunteers. So I do empathise and I know where Ms Bresnan has been on this. But it should not be a precedent, although it is

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