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In addition to the minor policy item that I have referred to, there are also a number of editorial and technical amendments being made by the bill. Various typographical errors in the Planning and Development Act are being corrected, for instance, in clauses 11, 12 and 25. Various editorial amendments are being made in clause 27, clause 29 and clauses 33 to 35. For instance, section 395(1)(a) is being amended to remove the words “knowledge of” as they are superfluous.

This 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 at being able to access one bill to monitor the minor changes that are happening to legislation in the planning, building and environmental sphere.

The bill also helps the Assembly to monitor, of course, the effectiveness of the territory laws, and a single bill ensures that changes to those laws are accessible to all Canberrans. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Workers Compensation (Cross-border Workers) Amendment Bill 2014

Debate resumed from 25 September 2014, on motion by Mr Gentleman:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (11.35): Madam Assistant Speaker, legislation that means only one workers comp policy per business is an excellent idea.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (11.35): I cannot possibly match Mr Smyth’s succinctness, but I will make a few brief remarks.

I am happy to support the Workers Compensation (Cross-border Workers) Amendment Bill on behalf of the ACT Greens. The bill makes a minor change to the Workers Compensation Act to define a clear method for determining a worker’s state of connection in instances where the person is undertaking cross-border work. The state of connection is used for determining where an employer has to insure an employee, the idea being that they only have to do so in one jurisdiction.

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