Page 2822 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 13 August 2013
The delegations regulate various professional fields that have come to be regulated in a particular way so that those in the field are aware of the laws and understand how to access any changes to those laws. Changes are often relatively minor, and where they are more substantial, information is provided through the relevant professional networks.
Additionally, some of the instruments, such as the Plumbing Code and the Building Code, have a copyright on them and could not be reproduced for the Assembly even if it were practical for that to happen. They are national documents that are updated annually by committees of review in which ACTPLA participates.
In the end, I have been persuaded that allowing for the instruments to operate under the legislation “from time to time” and acknowledging that changes to these instruments will not necessarily be notifiable is the most practical solution in what has come to be a very complicated regulatory field.
I would like to thank the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate and the minister’s office for providing a very useful briefing to my staff on these concerns last week and again stress that while I am prepared to accept this approach is required in these circumstances, it is a very narrow field in which these arrangements are appropriate.
This bill does many other minor or technical things in relation to building, plumbing and construction occupations which I did not mention, but on the whole the Greens support the bill and look forward to the higher standard of workmanship across the construction sector as a result.
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) (10.38), in reply: I thank members for their support of this bill.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.
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) (10.39): by leave: I move amendments Nos 1 to 15 circulated in my name together [see schedule 1 at page 2945]. I also table the following papers:
Revised explanatory statement to the Bill and a supplementary explanatory statement to the Government amendments.