Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 1 November 2018) . . Page.. 4691 ..
Bill agreed to in principle.
Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.
Bill agreed to.
Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:
That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Private Members’ business, notice No 7, being the Government Agencies (Land Acquisition Reporting) Bill 2018, being called on and debated forthwith.
Government Agencies (Land Acquisition Reporting) Bill 2018
Clauses 1 to 6.
Debate resumed from 24 October 2018, on motion by Mr Gentleman.
MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Advanced Technology and Space Industries) (4.52): I will take this opportunity to give an overall comment on the amendments that we are proposing and also, later on, move further amendments and table the supplementary explanatory statement to the amendments.
I am pleased to debate the Government Agencies (Land Acquisition Reporting) Bill 2018 presented as a private member’s bill to the Legislative Assembly in August 2018 by Mr Alistair Coe. Mr Coe’s bill seeks to establish a new act to improve the integrity and transparency of all land acquisitions made by government agencies through the creation of new reporting obligations.
The government’s commitment to the principles of openness and transparency is well established in its culture and operations and is also reflected in current legislation such as the Freedom of Information Act. The government is always open to new measures for providing information in a more effective way to the wider community.
The bill builds on a now well-established framework for reporting on land transactions. This includes reporting requirements under the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Act 2017, the Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act 2004, the Financial Management Act 1996, the Land Acquisitions Act 1994 and the Planning and Development Act.
The government supports measures to build on this existing framework. In doing so the government is mindful that the bill should not introduce extensive new