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Friday, March 31, 2006

Controversial planning laws passed

The Government’s changes to planning laws giving the Minister for Planning greater powers went through the Legislative Council on 28 March but not before the vital votes of 2 members of the cross-benches were gained when the Minister for Planning accepted amendments proposed by Fred Nile to ensure greater transparency. The amendments included a requirement that the Minister make publicly available reasons for the level and nature of development contributions levied by him, and for the appointment of a planning panel, and a review of the new powers given to the Minister after 3 years. A raft of amendments proposed by other members were defeated.

The Local Government community is still very unhappy with the result.

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