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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 11 Hansard (30 November) . . Page.. 3473..


Similarly, protection is restored to those who made notifications of child abuse under the old Children's Services Act 1986.

the Registrar of the Magistrates Court is expressly authorised to exercise the powers of the Court to adjourn and continue unserved interim Restraining Orders.

other amendments clarify the interaction between the Powers of Attorney Act 1956 and the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act 1994.

Mr Speaker, as with previous portfolio bill amendments, the Government is confident that these amendments will lead to the more integrated and efficient delivery of Government services.

Mr Speaker, I commend the Bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Wood ) adjourned to the next sitting.

LEGISLATION (ACCESS AND OPERATION) BILL 2000

Mr Humphries , pursuant to notice, presented the bill and the explanatory memorandum to the following bills:

Legislation (Access and Operation) Bill 2000.

Legislation (Access and Operation) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2000.

Title read by Clerk.

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs, Attorney-General and Treasurer) (10.48): Mr Speaker, I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

This bill sets in place the legislative framework to support the public access to legislation project, an initiative that will put the ACT at the forefront of legislative access provision in Australia.

The central element of the initiative is establishing an authorised, electronic statute book, the ACT legislation register, which would be published on the Internet to provide free public access to authorised versions of ACT legislation and other legislative material.

Significantly, no other Australian jurisdiction has yet authorised its legislation in electronic form. This pioneering step will promote the ACT's reputation for technology-based innovation. It will also ensure a level of legislative access that is not only free, convenient and comprehensive, but also backed by statutory presumptions to support its authoritative status.

The initiative will change the emphasis in publishing legislation from printed to electronic form. However, legislation will continue to be made available in printed form. In fact, the legislation register will facilitate the on-demand production of authorised


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