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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 3 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 706..


Crimes Amendment Bill 2008

[Cognate bill:

Crimes (Street Offences) Amendment Bill 2007]

Debate resumed from 12 February 2008, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra) (10.42): Mr Speaker, I believe we are debating this bill cognately with a private member's bill.

MR SPEAKER: Is it the wish of the Assembly to debate this bill cognately with the Crimes (Street Offences) Amendment Bill 2007? That being the case, members should be aware that they can refer to the Crimes (Street Offences) Amendment Bill, but at the conclusion of debate on the Crimes Amendment Bill we will be required to suspend standing orders so that we can bring on the bill that Mr Stefaniak has introduced.

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (10.44): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a comment.

Leave granted.

DR FOSKEY: I am not going to block us debating this bill, but I make a comment on the protocol of having it dumped upon us right now. It means that Mr Stefaniak's bill is going to get very little attention from me, because I am totally unprepared to discuss it now. But, if that is the way that Mr Stefaniak would like the debate to be, that is okay with me.

Mr Hargreaves: You don't have to accept it, Deb.

DR FOSKEY: I am just indicating that that is my concern. But given my stance on Mr Stefaniak's bill, I suppose that, in the long run, it does not make any difference. That is why I am not going to object.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra) (10.45): In referring to both bills, I say to Dr Foskey that I think she has made her position clear. I was surprised this morning when the notice paper came out because I understood there was going to be a cognate debate. That was the case last time. For whatever reason, that was not shown in the notice paper. I always assumed there would be a cognate debate. I think that is the most sensible way to go—that the matters are dealt with concurrently, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: All that has to happen, Mr Stefaniak, is for somebody to protest when I ask for leave to be granted, and that is the end of the matter. The Assembly has given leave, and that is the end of the matter as far as the chair is concerned.

MR STEFANIAK: I will kick off the debate on both bills. Firstly, I will address Mr Corbell's bill, which was introduced in February. Mr Corbell's bill amends a number of acts to create some strict liability offences and to empower authorised persons to issue on-the-spot fines. Four particular matters are dealt with here: graffiti;


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