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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 2 Hansard (19 February) . . Page.. 375..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

for other bills there is fairly extensive comment for the edification and, hopefully, assistance of members. The report also makes a number of comments in relation to some of the subordinate legislation and disallowable instruments. Whilst it makes no comment in relation to the majority of those items, there are comments in relation to some of those items and I draw them to the attention of the relevant ministers. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Estimates 2001-02-Select Committee

Membership

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell): The Speaker has been notified in writing of the nomination of Mr Humphries and Mr Hargreaves for membership of the Select Committee on Estimates 2001-02 on the Appropriation Bill 2001-2002 (No 3). A further nomination for membership of the committee was received after 4.00 pm. I seek leave of the Assembly to accept the nomination.

Leave granted.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: I have been notified in writing of the nomination of Ms Dundas.

Motion (by Mr Wood ) agreed to:

That the members nominated be appointed.

Crimes Amendment Bill 2001 (No 2)

Debate resumed from 11 December 2001, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STEFANIAK (4.27): I thank the government and the Attorney-General's office for providing me with some comments from the DPP in relation to this bill and for making a departmental officer available to discuss it with her, which was quite helpful. The opposition will be supporting this bill, although I flag that when we come to the detail stage, which I understand will be on Thursday, I will be moving several amendments and have a bit more to say about those amendments.

As I indicated when I introduced the Crimes Amendment Bill 2001 (No 3), the events of September 11 certainly changed the world. Those horrific events in New York have had a significant effect on the way the whole world operates. Western countries especially are looking at their security and looking at which legislation needs changing as a result thereof.

Sadly, as a result of some of the fallout from the terrorist atrocities of September 11, there were some anthrax attacks in the United States. They led to copycat situations arising in other countries, including Australia. Sadly, Canberra was included. In fact, there was a spate of threats and hoaxes which caused quite a bit of angst to lots of citizens in our community and a lot of trouble to the police and the emergency services organisations that had to deal with them.


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