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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 183..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

to arrange the territory legislation while minimising the resources needed if the amendments were dealt with individually.

Each individual amendment is minor, but when viewed collectively they are a significant contribution to improving the operation of the effective legislation. Particular focus of schedule 3 to this bill is the transfer of definitions to new dictionaries and the updating of provisions about appointments and the performance of functions to bring the legislation being amended into line with the Legislation Act and current ACT drafting practice.

I would like to express my ongoing appreciation for members' willingness to support the technical amendments program in this way. It allows the territory to continue to lead the way and strive for the best and, in this case, a modern, high-quality, up-to-date, easily accessible statute book. An easily accessible statute book is fundamental to the good administration of law in the territory, and in this regard I think that the passage of this legislation allows us to continue to do this.

Let me recap on what the bill deals with. The bill deals with three kinds of matters. The first is schedule 1 which provides for a minor non-controversial amendment proposed by a government agency. Schedule 2 contains amendments to the Legislation Act 2001 proposed by parliamentary counsel to ensure that the overall structure of the statute book is cohesive and consistent and is developed to reflect best practice.

Schedule 3 contains technical amendments proposed by the parliamentary counsel to correct minor typographical or clerical areas, improve language, omit redundant provisions, include explanatory notes or otherwise update or improve the form of legislation. I think these changes have served us in good stead to date. They allow the territory to maintain a modern and up-to-date statute book. I commend the legislation to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.19 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Bushfires

MR STEFANIAK: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, where were you on the night of 17 January 2003 when the head of the Emergency Services Bureau was trying to get in touch with you, and what were you doing?

MR STANHOPE: I have to say that I was interested in the contribution that the member for Tuggeranong, Mr Smyth, made to the no-confidence motion last week, in


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