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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 2 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 333..


DR FOSKEY (continuing):

One of my concerns is that we will see a loss of community policing in the ACT as more and more resources are put into this so-called fight against terror. The ACT laws raise the threshold. This was seen by Keelty as negative but there is another way of looking at it. The ACT legislation can be the kind of law a community that respects human rights would set in place. I oppose the exclusion of young people from the ACT's legislation because it provides a human rights shield for that group, along with other vulnerable groups. Even so, this legislation, despite the best efforts of the legal affairs committee with the draft, can never be human rights compliant. It can never be human rights compliant to lock people away in case they commit an offence. In Britain the impacts of people who were accused of crimes in Ireland and wrongly jailed are still being felt as they fight the effects on their lives. We have to be very careful not to allow a world view which has a tone and gender to determine the way our society is set up. Fearmongering will lead us into a world where we will need to watch our backs every minute, and it will not reduce the threat of terror.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The member's time has expired.

MR PRATT (Brindabella) (11.12): I rise to quickly correct something raised by Dr Foskey. I think Huntington's The Clash of Civilisations was published in the mid to late-1980s, rather than in the mid-1950s. Otherwise, I will not get into the rest of the rambling, interesting dissertation about international politics and how they affect Australian government policy.

DR FOSKEY: I am afraid I have to rise to correct you, Mr Pratt.

MR SPEAKER: You will need leave to do that.

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

Legal Affairs-Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 22

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra): I present the following report:

Legal Affairs-Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)-Scrutiny Report 22, dated 6 March 2006, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: Scrutiny report 22 contains the committee's comments on eight bills, 52 pieces of subordinate legislation and three government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. As I said, we had three government responses. I was pleased to see the constructive nature of those responses. On behalf of the committee, I thank the government ministers responsible for those constructive responses, which the committee certainly appreciated. I commend the report to the Assembly.


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