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Planning and Urban Renewal—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (11.04): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal relating to petitions Nos 10-17 and 11-17. The petitions were received by the Assembly on 10 May 2017 and referred to the committee under standing order 99A. The petitions concern proposed public housing developments in Holder and Chapman.

The committee notes that its current inquiry into housing and an anticipated inquiry into community consultation and planning will have relevance to some of the concerns raised in these petitions. The committee notes that the minister’s response to the petitions under standing order 100 is required within three months of the tabling of the petitions. The committee will consider its response to the petitions following the presentation of the minister’s response to the Assembly.

Education, Employment and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee

Reporting date

Motion (by Mr Pettersson), by leave, agreed to:

That, notwithstanding the provisions of the resolution of the Assembly of 16 February 2017, as amended 9 May 2017, referring annual and financial reports to the relevant standing committees, the Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs present its report on its inquiry into the 2016 annual report for the Canberra Institute of Technology by the last sitting day in March 2018.

Utilities (Streetlight Network) Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Debate resumed from 11 May 2017, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.06): I am making these comments on behalf of Mr Coe. The Canberra Liberals will be supporting the Utilities (Streetlight Network) Legislation Amendment Bill 2017. We recognise the issues raised by the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety in scrutiny report No 6 regarding the interference with the right to privacy under the Human Rights Act. Those notice provisions reiterate the importance of good and timely communication with constituents by the government. The notice provisions should be strictly adhered to not only as an administrative matter but also to conform with community expectations.

We do accept that the bill is not an endorsement of the procurement process currently underway. Any work undertaken on the territory’s behalf should be held to the highest

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