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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 30 November 1993



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 30 November 1993

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Parliamentary Record 23


Debates for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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DEBATES - Tuesday 30 November 1993 Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH: I wish to be polite. Clause 26 relates to definitions under division 5. 'Developer Contributions'. I found the definition for 'infrastructure' extremely confusing. No doubt, the minister will say that this is intended to circumvent the workings of the legal mind, but it is very difficult to understand. Clause 27 relates to the infrastructure levy in which the Litchfield Shire Council was interested. It also includes the contribution for car-parking. That will apply to city developments and will not have a great effect on people in the rural area. Another little matter has been snuck into clause 43 which is headed 'Application for Consent to Certain Uses'. Clause 43(6) provides: 'The consent authority may charge the applicant the reasonable cost of notifying a person in accordance with this section'. Mr Hatton: Letting everyone know that it has an application before it. Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH: Yes. However, no charge is made at the moment. Why should there be a charge in the future? It involves only the cost of sending a letter to these people. Mr Hatton: Would you rather pay through your taxes? Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH: It is only for a postage stamp. People have to get something for their taxes. Mr Hatton: Come on! In some cases, it could be a couple of thousand bucks. Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH: We are not talking about the large developers. We are talking about the little people who have to pay these charges. They have to pay ... Mr Hatton: The legislation has to take account of the big ones as well. Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH: They can pay. However, the little people have to pay a $400 application fee for any little thing that they want to do on their block. Why saddle them with more expense? It seems that anybody who wants to do a little work in this Territory is slugged for more money by this government which is supposed to be helping small business. Take the example of a young couple who want to build a home. It may be that $400 does not seem to be a great deal to people like ourselves, who are on a parliamentarian's salary, but it is a great deal of money to a young married couple who want to build their first home. People have been paying this fee under sufferance, but I do not believe this government helps the little people in the community, in particular those who want to get off their backsides and build a house or establish a business. With regard to the membership of the Planning Authority, the Litchfield Shire Council is happy with the reduced numbers but I wish to ask a question of the minister. He has a chairperson and 2 deputy chairpersons on that. I will call them 'chairmen'. He has 2 deputy chairmen. I was told that one would be from the north and one would be from the south. That is not mentioned although it makes sense. However, where is 'north' and where is 'south' and where is the boundary between them? 10 629

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