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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 2 Hansard (2 March) . . Page.. 585..


MS DUNDAS (continuing):

this act after the first year of operation, and I look forward to reading that review no later than 1 July 2006.

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Community Affairs) (11.54): The government will support this amendment. I think it is appropriate that we give the legislation at least a year to settle in. There is an awful lot of work that will need to be done in relation to settling procedures and educating the judiciary, the profession, the public service, and indeed commencing public education campaigns on the implications of the bill as passed tonight. I think it would be appropriate for us to give ourselves a year to settle the existing legislation in and to come to terms with its operation. It will give us an opportunity after a year to look at how it is operating. But, more importantly, and I think we need to separate or distinguish the two, it is important that we allow the legislation some time to operate so that we come to some understanding of it. But I do not think that means that, while we wait for the legislation as passed tonight to settle down, we should not look at other aspects of rights protection. It is quite reasonable to commit ourselves to commence that additional review of other rights that we might include in a year's time, without necessarily disagreeing with Mr Stefaniak about the need to allow the legislation as passed further time to establish itself.

Amendment agreed to.

New clause 42A agreed to.

Clause 43 agreed to.

Clause 44 agreed to.

Schedule 1.

MS DUNDAS (11.55): I will not be moving any more of my amendments because they were consequential and it is not necessary to have the debate twice.

Schedule 1 agreed to.

Schedule 2 agreed to.

Dictionary agreed to.

Preamble agreed to.

Title agreed to.

MR SPEAKER: The question now is that the bill, as amended, be agreed to.

Question put.

The Assembly voted-


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