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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (15 June) . . Page.. 1821..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

The Bill also changes the name of the current Domestic Violence Act 1986 to the Domestic Violence Agencies Act 1986. This changed name is more reflective of the changed nature of the Act, with the remaining provisions concerning the Domestic Violence Prevention Council, the Domestic Violence Coordinator, and the approval of domestic violence crisis support organisations.

I commend the Bill to the Assembly.

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

Statute Law Amendment Bill 2001

Mr Stefaniak , pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education and Attorney-General) (11.05): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I will be seeking leave to have my speech incorporated in Hansard. This is clean-up legislation basically, but there was one area that the government thought I should draw members' attention to, and that relates to amendments to the Transplantation and Anatomy Act of 1978. On page 3 of my speech I draw attention to that fact.

I think it is important in these clean-up bills, because they are so big, that there is nothing untoward and nothing of a policy nature in them, and that if there is anything likely to be controversial, even remotely, it is drawn to members' attention. I do not necessarily think this is controversial, but it is something that I think should be drawn to members' attention specifically because of some potential, perhaps, for it to be a bit controversial. I do not think it is, but just to be absolutely certain I draw it to members' attention so that we can all rest assured that the principle of clean-up bills being non-contentious is observed, because people obviously will not have time to go through every single detail of them.

Mr Speaker, I seek leave for the remainder of my speech to be incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows:

This Bill makes a range of statute law revision changes under the technical amendments program that the Government approved in 1999. The objective of the technical amendments program is to ensure that the ACT statute book is of the highest standard by maintaining it in up-to-date form. Under guidelines approved by the Government the essential criteria for the inclusion of amendments in the Bill are that the amendments are minor and noncontroversial.

A well maintained statue book significantly enhances access to legislation by making it easier to find in an up-to-date form and easier to read and understand. Maintaining the statute book is necessary for a number of reasons. First, the law


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