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We are not seeking to change those exempt development rules but it does seem to be a stark inconsistency with Mr Corbell’s position on variations or amendments to DAs versus what is in place at present for exempt developments. The opposition welcomes the fact that the government will be voting against this clause in their own bill. We hope that the consultation will be genuine and that the government will find a reasonable position that takes into account both neighbours’ and residents’ concerns as well as the reality facing the construction sector.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (11.43): I will also be supporting the omission of this provision as concerns were certainly raised with me last week, which other members have referred to. I received an email from some key stakeholders who identified that they felt the provision played out in a way that had not been anticipated. I welcome the fact that there is now going to be room for further discussion on this and on that basis I think it is appropriate to remove this provision at this time.

Clause 18 negatived.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Information Privacy Bill 2014

Debate resumed from 20 March 2014, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (11.44): The opposition will support the Information Privacy Bill. I understand that we are just debating the in-principle stage today and that we will be adjourning the detail stage until another day.

This bill introduces information privacy laws to protect the way that ACT government agencies handle personal information that they collect. The law mirrors commonwealth law, which until now has governed the way the ACT operates. The commonwealth law will continue to govern the handling of personal information in the private sector except in cases where private sector providers are in a contractual arrangement with the ACT government, either directly or as a subcontractor. In these cases, the law will require agencies to ensure that private sector providers are complying.

A key element is the introduction of 11 territory privacy principles. Apart from some minor language differences and matters not relevant to the ACT, they are the same as the Australian privacy principles.

“Personal information” is defined as “information or an opinion about an identified individual”. Under the law, it will not matter whether the information is true or not and whether it is recorded in material form or not.

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