Laws to speed new projects

PAR­LIA­MENT

The Advertiser - - NEWS - DANIEL WILLS

LAWS to speed up some in­fra­struc­ture projects by cut­ting out coun­cils, and rewrit­ing rules for ten­ants and land­lords, will be put to State Par­lia­ment to­day in a new wave of emer­gency mea­sures.

At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Vickie Chapman, pic­tured, said the pack­age would af­fect op­er­a­tion of both Govern­ment and the Par­lia­ment un­til Septem­ber. Mea­sures in­clude: RE­DUC­ING “red tape” on ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects to get them started sooner, in­clude re­mov­ing the re­quire­ment for the State Com­mis­sion As­sess­ment Panel to con­sult coun­cils on Crown de­vel­op­ments; AL­LOW­ING com­mu­nity vis­i­tors and the Chief Psy­chi­a­trist to in­spect mental health and dis­abil­ity ser­vices re­motely through au­dio­vi­sual or other elec­tronic means; EN­SUR­ING that stand­ing com­mit­tees of State Par­lia­ment can meet and hold hear­ings by tele­con­fer­ence, and; SAFE­GUARD­ING con­tin­ued elec­tric­ity sup­ply to SA.

Ms Chapman said the ten­ancy changes would pro­tect both com­mer­cial land­lords and ten­ants im­pacted by COVID-19 and the re­stric­tions im­posed to limit its spread.

They will en­sure no af­fected com­mer­cial ten­ant can be evicted for non-pay­ment of rent or out­go­ings, or for re­duc­ing their hours of busi­ness.

Land­lords and ten­ants are re­quired to ne­go­ti­ate in good faith, with help if needed from the Small Busi­ness Com­mis­sioner and a fi­nal rul­ing from the Mag­is­trates Court.

Ms Chapman said: “We are con­tin­u­ing to mon­i­tor the im­pacts of the COVID-19 pan­demic, and will up­date our leg­isla­tive re­sponse and in­tro­duce new mea­sures”.

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