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The amendments in this bill will help to ensure better, more informed advice to government about the late-night economy in Canberra.

In line with government policy on legislation that governs appointments, the list of members of the Liquor Advisory Board will also be amended to remove references to named groups. Currently, the Australian Hotels Association and ClubsACT are named members of the board. The government’s policy is to name offices generically and select representative bodies through an appointment process. This change will not affect in any way the current appointments of the AHA and ClubsACT to the board. It is simply a matter of introducing good governance principles in line with the ACT government’s policy, as described in the Boards and Committees Handbook.

I am pleased to present this JACS bill with its range of improvements to our regulations, to the operations of government and for the community as a whole. Today’s bill represents a commitment to continual improvement and it demonstrates that this government will keep monitoring, listening and working together with this community to deliver relevant, effective legislation. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Utilities (Technical Regulation) Amendment Bill 2017

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Mental Health) (11.14): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to table the Utilities (Technical Regulation) Amendment Bill 2017, which I will refer to as the bill. The bill addresses several ongoing issues relating to the risks caused by trees touching live powerlines in order to increase public safety and addresses important actions under the strategic bushfire management plan 2014-19. Given the ACT’s unique situation as the bush capital, with areas of environmental significance and high bushfire danger close to the urban area, it is important to reduce the risk of bushfires without compromising the environment. In the urban area, the urban treescape is equally important and provides a sustainable urban forest that is an integral part of Canberra’s landscape.

Recent catastrophic events such as the 2009 Victorian bushfires have shown what can happen when powerlines come into contact with trees or vegetation. The royal commission into the Victorian fires attributed 159 deaths to fires started by

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