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In general it is quite unusual for consultation times to be extended in our legislation, and it is a move that I applaud. This is a win for the community. Given that territory plan variations can sometimes include significant changes, including Canberra-wide code changes, it is important for the community to have enough time to fully consider all the implications of the proposals. I am pleased that ACTPLA notes that this extension to consultation will not significantly impact on the time line or progress of the proposed technical variation or estate development plan.
On other matters related to territory plan changes, I note that there is a parliamentary agreement item to “revise the territory plan so that it is consistent with the 40 per cent greenhouse gas reduction target”, which I imagine will eventually entail a substantial number of amendments, some of which may be technical amendments. However, I anticipate that there will be substantial community consultation in this process, and it will be a bit of time until we see the outcomes of that.
Mr Assistant Speaker, the Greens will be supporting this bill today.
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (4.30), in reply: I thank members for their support of this bill. The bill is important in terms of further facilitating and streamlining the operation of territory plan variations, and I commend it to the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle
Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.
Bill agreed to.
Road Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 (No 2)
Debate resumed from 9 May 2013, on motion by Ms Burch:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
MR SESELJA (Brindabella) (4.30): We will be supporting this bill today. The purpose of the Road Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 (No 2) is to provide for an alcohol ignition interlock program in the ACT. This interlock program is an important tool for helping to keep drivers who have been drink-driving off the road. This bill ensures that high-risk driving offenders will have as a condition of their relicensing the fitting of this system in their vehicles.
In the past year, approximately 200 to 300 drivers were considered to be in the high-risk category and eligible for such a program. Their behaviour is a considerable