Debates Day 4 - Tuesday 30 October 2012
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DEBATES Tuesday 30 October 2012 232 sample, or a member of the police force may take the sample from the person. The person is not taken to have provided a sample unless the sample is sufficient to allow testing for the presence of a dangerous drug in the persons body. A member of the police force may use reasonable force when exercising his or her powers under this section. The introduction of the bill is part of a two-stage process to amend legislation to allow police to comprehensively target crime by equipping Northern Territory police with the necessary tools to effectively combat unlawful assaults committed with the suspected presence of a dangerous drug in the body. Stage two will involve amendments to the Criminal Code Act and Sentencing Act to formulate the necessary offences of unlawful assault where the suspect is believed to have a dangerous drug present in their body. Stage two will be progressed by the Department of the Attornery-General and Justice in due course. This bill is a powerful statement of this governments commitment to law and order in the Northern Territory. I commend the bill to honourable members and table a copy of the explanatory statement. Debate adjourned. PLANNING AMENDMENT BILL (Serial 6) Bill presented and read a first time. Mr MILLS (Lands, Planning and the Environment): Madam Speaker, I move that the bill be now read a second time. This bill delivers an important election promise to establish an independent planning commission for the Northern Territory and is a major step forward in planning properly for the Territorys future. The Northern Territory is positioned for a period of significant growth. The work of the planning commission will be vital in upholding the great character and lifestyle of the Northern Territory in the face of this significant growth. Good planning is essential to ensure growth delivers benefit for all Territorians. There is no substitute for up-front planning, analysis, thought and discussion to ensure the right results for the community. A successful planning system facilitates sustainable economic growth, protects environmental, cultural and heritage assets, and connects people and place. It underpins the provision of adequate and affordable housing and employment, fosters urban renewal, and integrates land use with infrastructure provision. The planning commission will play an important role in ensuring that the planning system in the Northern Territory provides a framework that delivers these things for Territorians. The consequences of failing to plan properly are significant, such as, falling behind on infrastructure needs, failing to provide enough land for housing and jobs, and inadequate planning for the infrastructure that communities need such as essential services, transport networks, schools, and health centres. Collectively, these failures act as a handbrake on the economy. The establishment of the planning commission will rightly put the spotlight back on strategic planning, both in the city and the bush. Putting strategic planning in place in the bush will help remote communities to grow. Also, with more effort put into strategic planning at the front end of the planning process, development assessment at the back end of the planning process will be simplified and streamlined. The planning commission will fill a gap in the strategic planning of the Territory. It will not duplicate the existing role of government agencies or statutory authorities in regulation, including the Development Consent Authority. The role of the Development Consent Authority remains unchanged. The planning commission will also restore confidence of industry and community in the planning process. There will be engagement with the community at the earliest stages of the strategic planning process and Territorians will have a strong voice in how their community develops. Issues will be identified and resolved early in the planning process, giving industry and the community confidence and certainty about how our cities, towns, and suburbs can develop. I will now turn to the draft bill before the Assembly and describe its features in detail. Most notably, the bill amends the Planning Act. The Planning Act provides for the appropriate and orderly planning and control of the use of the development of land. The objects of the Planning Act fully accord with the aspirations this government has for the planning commission and remain unchanged by this bill. The bill is in several parts structured around the existing structure of the Planning Act. New Part 7A of the bill deals with the establishment, functions, powers and independence of the planning commission. The amended act will commence on a date fixed by the Administrator. Membership of the planning commission is specified in section 81F of the bill. The planning commission will be comprised of:
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