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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 12 Hansard (22 November) . . Page.. 3698..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

responsibilities. Clause 17 of the bill amends section 119 (2) of the act to include occupational therapists as clinicians able to be appointed as mental health officers.

These are very minor amendments of the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act and do not alter the intent of the act at all.

The review of the broader act is continuing. This week, Mr Corbell and I have agreed to release the mental health act review options paper. The release of the options paper continues the review of the act begun in August 2006. The options paper will be made available to state colleagues and the public prior to formal consultations in early February 2008.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Burke ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Regulatory Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2007

Mr Barr, on behalf of Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Minister for Industrial Relations) (10.59): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Regulatory Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2007 amends legislation governing the operation of the Office of Regulatory Services. The amendments will improve the legislation governing the operations of the office; they will increase the efficiency of the office; and they will provide benefits to business and better protection for consumers.

The establishment of a single, coordinated office was announced in last year's budget and brought together the regulatory activities associated with ACT WorkCover, the Office of Fair Trading, the Registrar-General's Office, parking operations, tobacco licensing, charitable collections, outdoor cafes and the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission, to achieve economies of scale and to remove unnecessary duplication of administrative costs to government.

This bill includes amendments to the following acts governing the operations of the office: the Agents Act 2003; the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1997; the Business Names Act 1963; the Door-to-Door Trading Act 1991; the Liquor Act 1975; the Security Industry Act 2003; and the Sale of Motor Vehicles Act 1975.

The Agents Act 2003 provides for the Commissioner for Fair Trading to apply to the Consumer and Trader Tribunal for disciplinary action to be taken against a licensed agent. The act presently contains no provision for the Commissioner for Fair Trading to apply to the tribunal for a licence to be suspended or revoked or conditions imposed until a licensee has been convicted of an offence. Given the possibility of protracted


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