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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 4032..

MR CORBELL (continuing):

If it makes sense to do so in order to review and assess the impact of these amendments I propose today, it may become appropriate to reconsider the precise timing of that review. Overall, it is the growing awareness, the strength of the underlying principles and the opportunity for effective evaluation that are the hallmarks of our democracy.

I thank all of those in the community who have participated in consultation on this bill. I would particularly like to thank the Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Helen Watchirs, and Dr Pene Mathew from the human rights commission for their valuable and ongoing contribution to these amendments and to the growth of a human rights culture in the ACT. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2007 (No 2)

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.14): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2007 (No 2) is the 17th bill in a series of bills dealing with legislation within the justice and community safety portfolio. These bills make minor and technical amendments to portfolio legislation.

The bill I am introducing today makes the following amendments to the Administration and Probate Act 1929. The bill removes section 71 from the Administration and Probate Act 1929, which is now redundant because of the commencement of part 3.2 of the Legal Profession Act 2006 which provides sufficient protection in relation to costs assessment of lawyers' fees. The bill also removes part 4 from the Administration and Probate Act 1929, which is also redundant because of earlier amendments to the Court Procedures Rules 2006 which allow the ACT Supreme Court Registrar to provide assistance to all applicants regardless of the value of the estate.

In addition, the bill also makes a number of minor and technical amendments to align the drafting of the Administration and Probate Act 1929 with current ACT drafting practice and updates the structure and language of provisions in the act to improve their clarity. The bill also corrects a mistaken reference in subsection 43A (c) and adjusts the monetary limits and amounts in various provisions to accord with consumer price index or CPI increases.

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