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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 3 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 788..


Crimes (Street Offences) Amendment Bill 2007

Debate resumed from 29 August 2007, on motion by Mr Stefaniak:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 10

Mrs Burke

Mr Smyth

Mr Barr

Mr Gentleman

Mrs Dunne

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Berry

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Mr Pratt

Dr Foskey

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Question so resolved in the negative.

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

Debate resumed from 6 December 2007, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra) (5.26): We will be supporting this bill, with the exception of two clauses which I will move to omit. I will speak more about those in the detail stage but I will mention them here.

Basically, a large part of this bill reflects minor and technical amendments to a number of laws administered by the Department of Justice and Community Safety. It amends 15 acts and seven pieces of subordinate legislation or regulations. The amendments include measures to do things like clarifying language or repealing redundancies, updating monetary accounts, effecting corrections, inserting notes, ensuring consistency, making transitional arrangements substantive and creating administrative efficiencies.

Some of the more substantive measures are in acts like the Civil Law (Sale of Residential Property) Act where an amendment provides that a defence for the seller of the property is available if the seller's lawyers fail to make available to the prospective buyer all the required documents and, under the same act, a seller will only be able to recover from a buyer the ordinary costs of obtaining a building and compliance inspection report and a pest inspection report, not any additional costs associated with obtaining those reports. In the Civil Law (Wrongs) Act, the amendments enable the intent of mutual recognition by a consequential amendment to the regulations.

In the Fair Trading (Consumer Affairs) Act, the amendments enable the AG to make a consumer safety order in relation to goods that have the potential to be dangerous if they are misused. Whilst that amendment could potentially cover just about any goods in existence, it would be impossible to be less general in its nature. It brings us more into line anyway with Victoria and New South Wales.


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