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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 6 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 1395..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

quite a minor amendment, simply to remove the requirement for both the chief health officer and the coroner to agree to the exhumation of human or foetal remains. It makes it clear that the intention of the act is for either the chief health officer or—not "and"—the coroner to authorise the exhumation of human or foetal remains.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.49): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 1430]. I table a supplementary explanatory statement.

As I briefly indicated in closing the in-principle debate, this is a minor amendment to clarify that, for the purposes of authorising the exhumation of human or foetal remains under the Coroners Act, the express agreement is required of either the coroner or the chief health officer. Currently the provision provides for both or could be read to assume that the agreement of both officers is required when, in fact, for procedural purposes the agreement of only one of those officers is required, either the chief health officer or the coroner.

Amendment agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Environment Protection (Fuel Sales Data) Amendment Bill 2007

Debate resumed from 3 May 2007, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra—Leader of the Opposition) (10.51): The opposition has several concerns about this bill. It was brought on in May, and I am pleased that the government has agreed to adjourn it to Thursday.

The Liberals have a problem with this bill, and that is the total lack of consultation with the stakeholders by the government. The motor trades association first became aware that something was happening when a departmental official, who apparently was not from Environment ACT, asked them for the names and contact details of all the ACT's service station operators. The next time the MTA heard anything about this bill was yesterday, when we contacted them to see whether they had a view on the bill. They certainly do have a view on the bill. There are quite shocked that there has been no consultation


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