Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 19 September 2017) . . Page.. 3866 ..
Mr Assistant Speaker, to return to the bill as a whole, this is a relatively small bill but a very important one. It improves the safety of the community by introducing new planning requirements for the storage of dangerous substances if the quantities are sufficient to be a potential hazard to the community and the environment. The amendments relating to contaminated land reduce red tape without compromising the scrutiny of environmental impacts of a proposal involving contaminated land or a reduction in public safety. The compulsory referral by the minister of the draft Territory Plan variations to the relevant committee of the Assembly honours a government agreement. I commend the bill to the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Clauses 1 to 3, by leave, taken together and agreed to.
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) (11.33): Pursuant to standing order 182A(b), I seek leave to move amendments to this bill that are minor and technical in nature.
MR GENTLEMAN: I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 3919]. I table a supplementary explanatory statement to the government amendments. This amendment inserts, as we have discussed, new section 73(2A) and 73(2B). New section 73(2A) sets out the circumstances in which the minister may request the committee to report on a light rail related draft Territory Plan variation within a period that is shorter than the standard six-month period. New section 73(2B) gives the minister the power to request the committee to report within a period of less than six months.
Amendment agreed to.
MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (11.34): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 2 at page 3920]. As we alluded to in our speeches earlier, I have moved this amendment because I do not believe 15 working days is sufficient for the workings of the committee. In general terms it may be, but in some instances it would be difficult for the committee to meet the 15 working days deadline—for example, over the Christmas break, when there may be a number of members away, or even during the July period, when there are estimates committee hearings over many days and, again, a number of members may be away. More recently, as an example, in the 31 days in August, we had three sitting weeks and then another week when quite a