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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 19 September 2013) . . Page.. 3435 ..

Schedule 2 contains minor non-controversial structural amendments of the Legislation Act initiated by the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office. Structural issues are particularly concerned with making the statute book more coherent and concise and therefore more accessible. In this bill the definition of Standards Australia in the Legislation Act 2001, dictionary, part 1, is amended as a consequence of the change of name of the organisation.

In relation to the schedule 3 amendments, amendments are made to the Children and Young People Act 2008 to include an updated definition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person. Act dictionaries are updated to include signposts definitions for terms defined elsewhere in the act.

Finally, Madam Speaker, in addition to the explanatory notes in the bill the Parliamentary Counsel is, as always, available to provide any further explanation or information that members would like about any of the amendments made by the bill. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 (No 2)

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

Title read by Clerk.

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) (10.24): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

This is the fifth bill to be created under the government’s omnibus Planning, Building and the Environment Legislation Amendment Bill process. This omnibus bill provides an efficient avenue for consideration of minor matters in a consolidated single bill. The bill I present today proposes editorial, technical, consequential and minor policy amendments to the Environment Protection Act 1997, Environment Protection Regulation 2005, Lakes Act 1976, Planning and Development Act 2007, Planning and Development Regulation 2008, Public Place Names Act 1989 and Utilities Act 2000.

The bill makes two minor policy amendments. Clauses 4 and 5 of the bill amend the Environment Protection Act to provide that the EPA may delegate its functions to officers or employees of state and commonwealth environment protection agencies. This will assist with cross-border collaboration for the EPA across the ACT border. The other minor policy amendment relates to the naming of public places. Clause 18 of the bill inserts a new section 4A into the Public Place Names Act. This new section provides that a minister may make guidelines about the naming of public places. A guideline is a notifiable instrument.

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