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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 4035..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

I turn to the Powers of Attorney Regulation 2007 (No 2). The bill repeals this regulation which will be redundant as a consequence of the amendments to the Powers of Attorney Act made by this bill.

I turn to the Public Trustee Act 1985. The bill amends section 6 and the dictionary of this act to clarify that the Public Trustee for the ACT can appoint more than one deputy public trustee. The bill also amends the Public Trustee Act 1985 to enable the Public Trustee for the ACT to make a payment to a person or hand over small personal items, limited to $20,000 in value, without requiring administration to be taken out in the estate of that person. The amendment will remove the need for a grant of probate or letters of administration which are costly and can significantly deplete the amount of money held in a small estate. In addition, the bill removes sections 29A and 66 from the Public Trustee Act 1985, which are superfluous, and makes a minor amendment to replace words in section 5 for consistency.

I turn to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. The bill amends this act to make it clear that the President of the Residential Tenancies Tribunal may delegate to other members of the tribunal the endorsement of consent decisions where parties agree to the decision.

I turn to the Trustee Act 1925. The bill amends this act to increase the monetary limits and amounts in the provisions in accordance with CPI increases.

I turn to the Victims of Crime Regulation 2000. The bill amends the Victims of Crime Regulation 2000 to replace incorrect references to the Community and Health Services Complaints Act 1993, which has been repealed.

I turn to the Wills Act 1968. The bill makes a minor amendment to the Wills Act as a consequence of the amendment made to section 87B of the Administration and Probate Act 1929 made by this bill.

This bill continues the series of technical and minor amendments that are essential for the maintenance and good order of the ACT's statute book, and I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Unit Titles Amendment Bill 2007

Mr Barr, 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 Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Minister for Industrial Relations) (11.25): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


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