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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 12 Hansard (22 November) . . Page.. 3701..


MR BARR (continuing):

using the land for a car dealership. The bill removes the requirement for a statement to accompany a renewal if the application relates to the same block as under the previous licence.

The act includes a requirement to notify on the legislation register a list of licensees after 30 June each year. The bill replaces this with the requirement to keep a public register. This register would be updated on a regular basis and would be similar to registers kept by the office for other industries, such as the security industry.

The act provides for inspectors to enter the premises of a licensed car dealer to inspect documents and the like for the purposes of the act. There is, however, no provision that permits an inspector to enter the premises of an unlicensed dealer. The bill rectifies this omission and permits inspectors to properly investigate unlicensed dealers. In correcting this omission, it was opportune to amend the inspectors' powers to replace them with powers that are consistent with the Human Rights Act 2004.

The bill also includes some minor amendments to bring provisions of the legislation into line with the terminology changes in the Bankruptcy Act 1966. I commend the Regulatory Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2007 to the Assembly.

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

Health and Disability—Standing Committee

Report 4

[Cognate report:

Report 4—government response]

Debate resumed from 7 June 2007, on motion by Ms MacDonald:

That the report be noted.

MR SPEAKER: I understand that it is the wish of the Assembly to debate this order of the day concurrently with order of the day No 2. There being no objection, that course is to be followed. I remind members that in debating order of the day No 1, Assembly business, they may also address their remarks to order of the day No 2, Assembly business.

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (11.10): This was a very important inquiry. It is very appropriate for us to talk about this report in the Assembly because some important issues were raised and the government's response is now before us. I appreciate the fact that we are discussing these two orders of the day cognately.

Most people are aware of the importance of secure and comfortable housing for everybody, but in the case of people with a mental health issue it is perhaps even more so. Home, at its ideal, is a sanctuary and a place where people feel safe. That is, of course, the overwhelming issue for people with a mental health issue in regard to housing. Most of this report is of a very high standard and many of the recommendations seem appropriate, as does the government's response. It is interesting that, with respect to the tone of the government's tabled response, many


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