Page 560 - Week 02 - Thursday, 19 February 2015

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Lastly, the bill makes amendments to the Electricity Feed-in (Renewable Energy Premium) Act 2008. At the time the ACT government announced the feed-in tariff scheme it provided for the most generous feed-in tariff in Australia. Home owners that had their generators installed under this scheme have contracts for 20 years under which they will continue to receive a “premium rate” as stipulated in the act.

Since houses will be demolished, amendments to this act allow for a new or old generator affixed to a new property to continue to benefit from the legislated premium feed-in rate. The purpose of the amendment to this act is to place affected home owners in the same position they would have been in had their affected property not been demolished. This amendment will only apply to home owners who are currently entitled to the feed-in tariff under the act.

The amendments to legislation made by this bill will have a positive social impact on the ACT community in facilitating the transition and recovery from the Mr Fluffy legacy. The amendments affect specific groups of Mr Fluffy owners, as well as having implications for the wider ACT community.

I make this commitment, Madam Speaker: the government will continue to work closely with all stakeholders affected by loose-fill asbestos. This bill reflects the essential changes required to provide an enduring solution to the Mr Fluffy legacy. I commend this outstanding bill to the Assembly.

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

Courts Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

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—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro) (10.23): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present this bill this morning. The Courts Legislation Amendment Bill makes minor technical and some more substantive amendments to various pieces of legislation to address a number of criminal and civil issues and makes key improvements to the criminal justice, civil and coronial systems in the ACT.

The bill will promote efficiency in court processes by introducing a series of procedural and technical amendments to improve the efficiency of some court processes, clarify certain provisions that are causing confusion and lead to more efficient court proceedings; improving the coronial process by simplifying the reporting and inquiry requirements for fires, and introducing clear investigation powers for police at coronial scenes; and clarifying certain definitions and practices relating to post-mortems and coronial matters.

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