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Five senators say no to planning bill


GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

Five senators say no to planning bill

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New planning and development legislation passed in the Senate yesterday has been rejected by the two Opposition and three independent Senators.

The Planning and Development Amendment bill 2020 introduced by Minister of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology Senator Kay Mc Conney failed to get the nod from the five senators while winning approval from the 11 Government senators present.

In contention was a section of the legislation which appeared to impose a limit on the scope of the ability of architectural technicians commonly known as draughtsmen, to design buildings.

Yesterday’s bill contained amendments to sections of the Planning and Development Act 2019 which had permitted draughtsmen to continue to design single dwelling houses, duplexes and up to ten apartments. (GC)

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