Page 3206 - Week 10 - Thursday, 25 September 2014

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This is a more efficient process, given that the Planning and Land Authority has general oversight of the assessment process and has its own well-established procedures to notify applicants and other interested parties. This new process keeps the Planning and Land Authority informed of the status of the application for the ESO. There is no change to the applicant’s position from the applicant’s point of view. The applicant will simply be notified by the Planning and Land Authority rather than the relevant agency.

The bill also amends notice of direct sale requirements in the Planning and Development Act. Section 242(1) of the Planning and Development Act provides that within five working days after the end of a calendar quarter, the Planning and Land Authority must give the minister notice about the number of leases granted by direct sale during the quarter.

The bill amends this section to extend this time period from five to 10 working days. This change has been made to provide the Planning and Land Authority with additional time to produce the notice and associated documents and to ensure the minister receives the notice. This amendment ensures that the authority continues to meet the statutory time frames.

In conclusion, the bill proposes a number of minor technical and editorial amendments to acts and regulations. These amendments include the correction of typographical errors and updates to section references. The bill proposes amendments that are non-controversial and make good practical sense. The amendments deliver minor policy, technical and editorial changes as an omnibus bill should.

The bill demonstrates this government’s commitment to effective and responsible use of the omnibus bill process. I note that in the past members of the community have expressed appreciation of being able to access one bill to monitor the minor changes that are happening to legislation in the planning, building and environment sphere. The bill also helps this Assembly to monitor the effective operation of territory laws. A single bill ensures that changes to those laws are easily accessible to all Canberrans. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Workers Compensation (Cross-border Workers) Amendment Bill 2014

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

Title read by Clerk.

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