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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 9 Hansard (5 September) . . Page.. 2851..


Tuesday, 5 September 2000

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The Assembly met at 10.30 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY SAFETY-STANDING COMMITTEE

Scrutiny Report No 12 of 2000

MR OSBORNE: I present the following paper:

Justice and Community Safety-Standing Committee (incorporating the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)-Scrutiny Report No 12 of 2000, dated 5 September 2000

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: Scrutiny Report No 12 of 2000 contains the committee's comments on five bills and 97 subordinate laws. This morning the committee met with the Attorney-General in relation to the Henry VIII problem we have with some pieces of legislation, and I think we moved some way forward. However, there are still a number of issues before the committee. We are looking forward to a discussion paper from the Attorney in the next week or so, but I am pleased to report that we are moving forward. I commend the report to the Assembly.

SPENT CONVICTIONS BILL 2000

Debate resumed from 11 May 2000, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition) (10.35): I note that the Attorney introduced this bill on 11 May 2000, and the scrutiny of bills committee made no adverse comment on it. The bill provides for a scheme, one which largely mirrors the New South Wales scheme, to limit the effect of a person's conviction for certain offences if the person completes a period of crime-free behaviour. The Commonwealth and some of the states have had such schemes for many years.


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