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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 5 May 2015) . . Page.. 1297 ..

extend an exemption to third-party appeals to the Kingston foreshore area. A map of the Kingston foreshore was included in part 3.4. However, the heading of the part was not amended to reflect this. The bill amends the heading.

An amendment is also being made to the Utilities Act by clause 47 of the bill to correct a reference to the statutory office of director-general in section 45. The Utilities (Technical Regulation) Act commenced on 1 March 2015, and the Utilities Act 2000 was consequentially amended. The amended Utilities Act, which also started on l March, unfortunately makes an incorrect reference in section 45(2)(a)(ii) to the director-general under part 5 of the Utilities Act. The bill amends the section to include the correct statutory office, which is the technical regulator.

Clauses 26 and 27 update and clarify a reference to directors-general in section 22 of the Building Regulation. Clause 26 substitutes the words “relevant directors-general”, and clause 27 inserts a new definition of “relevant directors-general”. The amendments simplify the legislation and reflect current drafting practices. Clause 48 inserts a new note in section 458 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation. Section 458 requires a person who conducts a business or undertaking that involves the removal of asbestos to ensure the asbestos removal work is carried out by a licensed asbestos removalist. The new note is consequential to the reforms made by the bill to the Building Act to permit licensed builders to be involved in handling asbestos. The note points out that for asbestos removal work that involves critical building work, a licensed asbestos removalist must also be, or be supervised by, a licensed builder.

The bill proposes a number of minor policy, technical and editorial amendments to acts and regulations, as an omnibus bill should. The amendments are non-controversial and make good practical sense. 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.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Roads and Parking, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (11.27), in reply: I am pleased to support the Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2015. This is the eighth bill to be created under the government’s omnibus planning, building and environment legislation amendment bill process. The process manages all minor policy, technical or editorial amendments for legislation administered by the Environment and Planning Directorate. This omnibus bill process provides an efficient avenue for the consolidation of minor amendments into a single bill, and the single bill process also helps the wider community to access and understand changes being made in the planning system.

The bill makes minor policy, technical and editorial amendments to the Building Act 2004 and the Building (General) Regulation 2008; the Construction Occupations

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