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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2652..

MR OSBORNE (continuing):

This bill has two main points. The first is to specifically include all current forms of electronic communication in the stalking law. The second is to prevent the sending of pornographic material or an invitation to participate in or view acts of a sexual nature to a young person. In the bill, the age of a young person is set at 15 years or less.

Mr Speaker, I urge members to support this legislation. Computer-related crime is one area of the law that needs urgent attention. I understand that state and territory chief police officers and police ministers will soon be discussing their response to the challenge of catching child predators. Whilst a comprehensive national approach is needed both legislatively and from a police perspective, major change is going to come slowly. In the meantime, I believe that this bill will plug some of the gaps. I commend it to other members.

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

Justice and Community Safety-Standing Committee

Scrutiny Report No 11 of 2001

MR OSBORNE: Mr Speaker, I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety-Standing Committee (incorporating the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)-Scrutiny Report No 11 of 2001, dated 9 August 2001.

I ask for leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: Scrutiny Report No 11 of 2001 contains the committee's comments on two government responses; in particular, in relation to the Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Report No 16

MR OSBORNE (11.31): Mr Speaker, I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety-Standing Committee-Report No 16-The ACT Prison Project: Operational Models, Strategic Planning and Community Involvement, dated 6 August 2001, together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Some of us on the committee had hoped that we would be able to put in the final report on the ACT prison project, but one member was not so keen on that. I am sure he will have a bit to say later.

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