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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 30 March 2017) . . Page.. 1308 ..

authorities would be statutory authorities with their own boards and strong corporate governance. This bill delivers on that commitment.

This bill will also assist the government to maximise the economic and social benefits of a growing city while maintaining affordability and housing options for all incomes. The SLA is tasked specifically with ensuring a mixture of public and private housing in new suburbs and increasing the supply of affordable and community housing.

The ACT government is committed to an equitable society, sharing the benefits of our success across the community. Appropriate and dignified public and community housing, in which residents are connected with their wider community and supported to reach their full potential, has been a hallmark of Canberra from its earliest days, something that is fundamental to this government. The SLA will ensure that mandate continues for decades to come so that no-one shall feel stigmatised, disconnected from or unwelcome in their community just because they live in social housing.

The ACT Labor government is setting up two key entities to encourage, facilitate and promote city renewal and better suburbs to meet the community’s needs and interests. Their respective roles are clear and include strong governance and accountability frameworks.

Government is taking action now to ensure that we grow our potential as a city whilst protecting the things we love about Canberra. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Gene Technology Amendment Bill 2017

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

Title read by Clerk.

MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research) (10.26): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased today to be able to introduce the Gene Technology Amendment Bill 2017. The ACT government is a signatory to the intergovernmental gene technology agreement. The agreement affirms the commitment of the commonwealth and all state and territory governments to a nationally consistent regulatory system for gene technology.

The legislative basis for the nationally consistent regulatory system for gene technology comprises the commonwealth Gene Technology Act 2000 and Gene Technology Regulations 2001, and corresponding state and territory legislation. In the ACT the relevant legislation is the Gene Technology Act 2003.

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