Page 2669 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 6 June 2012

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I invite the minister to share with the Assembly the advice he was given by the Ministerial Council on Energy in December 2010 and whether or not the ACT’s position was to support the greenhouse-gas-intensive hot-water phase-out. I assume it was, given the statements in 2009 but, given that the ACT has not acted on this, I am not sure. If the ACT did, as I hope it did, support the national phase-out in 2010, I would have to believe it should be eminently feasible for the Assembly to regulate in 2012 so it can take effect in 2013.

My bill will finish the work we tried to start in 2009. It will implement the national agenda as far as hot-water services are concerned and it will be a step towards cost-efficient reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the Assembly. It will be a step which will reduce costs for hot water for most people in the ACT and, in particular, low income renters. I commend my bill to the Assembly.

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

Retirement Villages Bill 2012

Ms Porter, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (10.33): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

It is with great pleasure that I today introduce the Retirement Villages Bill 2012 which will create a framework for the regulation of retirement villages in the ACT. As members are aware, the purpose of the bill is to protect the rights of retirement village residents while simultaneously facilitating the growth of the retirement village industry in the ACT. Members will recall that I have previously tabled three other documents in relation to retirement villages; namely, “Retirement villages in the ACT: a discussion paper”, the exposure draft of the Retirement Villages Bill 2010 and the Retirement Villages Bill 2011.

As members will remember when I tabled the previous bill, I outlined the extensive consultation I have undertaken in relation to this matter to ensure that this bill meets the needs of all stakeholders. I have undertaken extensive research and consultation with residents of retirement villages, managers of retirement villages, owners of retirement villages, relevant peak bodies and associations and members of the general community on a number of occasions. I have also held a roundtable. This roundtable discussion was with the Retirement Village Residents Association, Retirement Village Association, the ACT Council on the Ageing, Seniors Australia, Aged and Community Services Australia, and I have met with ministers and their advisers responsible for retirement villages in other states as well as having conversations with senior members of the ACT legal community.

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