Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 14 Hansard (Tuesday, 28 November 2017) . . Page.. 5104 ..
such amendments. Clearly, it is a less than optimal situation from a legislative scrutiny perspective.
However, it is important that, at least, the Legislative Assembly is notified of these sorts of amendments. Ideally, explanatory material should also be provided to the Legislative Assembly, as the minister has now provided on this matter to the committee. I thank the minister for health for her assistance. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.
Planning and Urban Renewal—Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (11.59): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal relating to petition No 14-17. The petition was received by the Assembly on 1 August 2017 and referred to the committee under standing order 99A. This petition requested the Assembly to maintain the prohibition on billboard advertising in the ACT and regulate public advertising in the territory.
The committee wishes to note that it has recently conducted an inquiry into this matter, the report of which was tabled on 26 October 2017. The committee notes that the minister’s response to the petition, under standing order 100, indicates that the government will consider the recommendations made by the committee in its report and will provide a response to the Assembly. Following consideration of the petition and the minister’s response, the committee has determined that it will not be holding an additional inquiry into the matter.
Statement by chair
MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (12.00): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal in relation to the inquiry into housing. On 30 March 2017 the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal informed the Assembly of its resolution to undertake an inquiry into housing. The committee intended to report on this inquiry by the last sitting day in 2018.
The terms of reference for this inquiry were broad and encompassed issues such as existing housing diversity in the ACT, demand for different housing types, the effectiveness of existing regulations and zoning, and the effects and implications of suburban infill, housing in centres, land release and greenfield developments.
Although the committee has invested time into this inquiry, it notes that the inquiry encompasses matters currently being looked at by the government, including affordable housing and housing diversity. Following the recent release of the housing choices discussion paper, about which the government has since announced a major consultation process of its own, the committee has decided that to continue with its inquiry into housing during this time would result in considerable overlap and lead to