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electronically. This means that hard copy paper copies are not required unless the building certifier specifically asks for one. This is a straightforward amendment but one that also helps to reduce the use of paper and supports, albeit in a modest way, more sustainable practices.

The bill also includes amendments that reflect operational experience. For example, currently the act requires that written comments be available the day after the consultation period closes. This is impracticable as it does not allow any time for the necessary administrative mechanics to be completed, such as consideration of privacy protocols and formatting comments, so that they can be published. Clause 10 and clause 15 thus amend the Planning and Development Act to extend the time allowed for the necessary protocols and administrative mechanics to be completed before written comments are made available for public information.

The bill changes this time frame to 10 working days after the consultation period closes. The amendment does not impact on the time that comments are available to the public. This remains at 15 or more working days.

This bill includes amendments that are technical, non-controversial and deliver minor policy changes, as an omnibus bill should. The bill demonstrates this government’s commitment to using the omnibus bill process in a responsible way. The worth of the omnibus bill process has been noted by members of the community who have expressed appreciation for being able to access one bill to monitor the minor changes that are happening to the legislation in the planning, building and environment sphere.

The bill presents an opportunity for the Assembly to ensure that the territory’s laws operate effectively and that changes to those laws are easily accessible to all Canberrans. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Long Service Leave (Portable Schemes) (Security Industry) Amendment Bill 2012

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

Title read by Clerk.

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Corrections) (11.16): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I rise to commend the Long Service Leave (Portable Schemes) (Security Industry) Amendment Bill to the Assembly. The bill represents just one further step in this government’s resolve to bring fairness to all workers in the territory.

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