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decision to approve a fuel restriction scheme, declare a fuel restriction or extend a fuel restriction.

The bill provides that a person cannot start a proceeding in a court challenging such a decision if it is more than 30 days after the decision is made. Additionally, if proceedings are started within the appropriate 30-day time frame, this will not lead to the suspension of restrictions through an interlocutory injunction. This limitation is essential to the effectiveness of the bill.

Introducing the Fuels Rationing Bill 2018 is an important step in ensuring that the ACT is ready to manage any potential fuel shortage in an organised, efficient and equitable manner, with the flexibility to negotiate a variety of different events. Although the likelihood of fuel restrictions is low, this legislation is a key component of the territory’s emergency preparedness and would enable us to minimise the severity and duration of an emergency. It will also bring the ACT into line with our fellow states and territories, allowing us to make and implement cross-border decisions quickly, as would be required in an emergency scenario. I commend the Fuels Rationing Bill 2018 to the Assembly.

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

Retirement Villages Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

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 Corrections and Justice Health, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety and Minister for Mental Health) (11.40): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to introduce the Retirement Villages Legislation Amendment Bill 2018. The bill amends the Civil Law (Sale of Residential Property) Act 2003, the Human Rights Commission Act 2005, the Retirement Villages Act 2012, the Retirement Villages Regulation 2013, and the Unit Titles (Management) Act 2011. It implements a second tranche of recommendations which resulted from the 2015-16 review of the Retirement Villages Act 2012. These amendments will support the ACT’s retirement villages to meet the needs of current and future residents and operators.

The bill is the result of an extensive collaborative process between the government and the review advisory group. The review advisory group is a body of key stakeholders representing residents and operators of retirement villages, advocacy groups and other relevant organisations such as the Human Rights Commission and the ACT Law Society elder law committee. The review advisory group has advised the government about the key issues facing retirement villages. This has sometimes

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