Sustainable Planning (Infrastructure Charges) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (5.41 pm): I rise to speak in support of the Sustainable Planning (Infrastructure Charges) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014. I will confine my comments to the elements of the bill which deal with the issue of party houses. This has been a problem in my electorate for a number of years. It has also been an issue for the member for Mermaid Beach, whose electorate shares a similar problem.

Mr Seeney interjected.

Mr ELMES: I will talk about infrastructure charges. One of the things with this particular bill that we are debating tonight with infrastructure charges— Mr Crisafulli: Very important.

Mr ELMES: It is very important, I know.

These charges are put in place by the government; they are supported by the members who form the government side of the House. It is something that the Deputy Premier has been working at now for a long time to make sure that these important changes come into play so that they will be supported and go through the House tonight and come into force as soon as possible. This is one of those areas in our state where the passing of this bill continues to put together the building blocks of our state. These building blocks have been put in place by this government to ensure that the results of this will be known and seen in Queensland for a number of years. I certainly commend the bill to the House.