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I commend this revolution in the collection of stamp duty to the Assembly.

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

Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (No 2)

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (11.36): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The government is presenting the Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (No 2), which I will refer to as the “PABELAB”. This bill makes minor policy, technical and editorial amendments to legislation administered by the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate. This is the 11th PABELAB. I am told this bill is not as sexy as Minister Ramsay’s bills to come, but the PABELAB process is an important mechanism for ensuring that environment, planning and building legislation is effective and up to date.

It consolidates a number of minor amendments into a single bill and allows the government to be responsive and agile to changing circumstances. The bill makes minor amendments to planning and land management portfolio legislation, including the Planning and Development Act 2007 and the Planning and Development Regulation 2008. The bill also makes minor amendments to legislation in the environment and heritage portfolio, including the Environment Protection Act 1997, the Nature Conservation Act 2014 and the Nature Conservation Regulation 2015. Finally, the bill makes minor amendments to climate change and sustainability portfolio legislation, including the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010 and the Utilities (Technical Regulation) Act 2014.

The bill consists of a number of technical and editorial amendments as well as three minor policy amendments, so I would like to spend some time talking about the minor policy amendments. Perhaps the most significant of these amendments is the removal of red tape and regulatory duplication by altering the definition of “small or medium scale generation” in the Utilities (Technical Regulation) Act 2014.

The definition determines whether a generator is considered to be a regulated utility service and captured by the act. The current definition refers to upper and lower limits of generation capacity in order to determine whether a generator falls within this definition. If a generator meets the definition of “regulated utility service”, then it must comply with the regulatory scheme in the Utilities (Technical Regulation) Act.

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