Laws to speed new projects
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”.