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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 3102..


Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Enforcement) Amendment Bill 2001

Debate resumed from 15 June 2001, on motion by Mr Stefaniak:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR WOOD (8.26): This bill deals with censorship, a subject that often excites a great deal of interest, sometimes anxiety. I do not see much of that in respect of this bill, and not surprisingly. The amendments, as I look at them, are rather arcane. I have not backtracked into federal legislation to make some of the connections that I might need to have made if I were going to do this with great thoroughness.

Once again, we are bringing amendments into our Assembly-this is the second bill of this nature I have had to deal with today-following on uniform legislation around Australia. Censorship is basically a Commonwealth responsibility, and we have uniform legislation.

The measures today bring us into line with changes to the Commonwealth act. The minister has very well spelled out all the details, so I certainly will not repeat them. The changes are sometimes technical. They sometimes just take account of the experience gleaned over the last three or four years. They seem quite sensible and acceptable. It is no wonder there is no excitement about them.

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education and Attorney-General) (8.27), in reply: I thank Mr Wood for his comments.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Guardianship and Management of Property Amendment Bill 2001

Debate resumed from 3 May 2001, on motion by Mr Moore , on behalf of Mr Stefaniak:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR WOOD (8.28): Mr Speaker, this is a different proposition to the last bill. This is, for me, and I think for all of us, a difficult bill. It asks the question: how paternalistic ought we to be?


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