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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1573..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

access regime. The national gas law replaces the current gas pipelines access law as the third party access regime for gas network infrastructure. The national gas rules will replace the gas access code. The national gas legislation furthers the MC goal of convergence of gas and electricity regulation and contains a number of common areas with the national electricity law.

The bill applies, as a law of the ACT, the national gas law set out in the schedule to the National Gas (South Australia) Act 2008 of South Australia, as well as the regulations made under that law. It will repeal the Gas Pipelines Access (ACT) Act 1998, the current ACT legislation that applies the national gas pipelines access law as a law in this territory. It confers necessary functions and powers on the commonwealth minister and commonwealth bodies, including the Australian Energy Regulator, the Australian Competition Tribunal and the National Competition Council.

Schedule 1 of the bill enables the making of regulations of a savings or transitional nature consequent on the enactment of the bill. Schedule 2 contains amendments to certain ACT acts that are consequential on the commencement of this bill. Mr Speaker, this new bill, which will apply the national gas law in the ACT, represents the achievement of another significant milestone of the COAG national energy reforms. It will lead to a more effective and efficient energy market outcome for the territory's energy consumers. Mr Speaker, I commend the national gas bill 2008 to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Children and Young People (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2008

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

Title read by Clerk.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Minister for Health, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Disability and Community Services, Minister for Women) (10.48): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, today, along with the Attorney-General, I am pleased to introduce the Children and Young People (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2008. The Children and Young People (Consequential Amendments) Bill creates a new transitional provisions chapter for the Children and Young People Bill 2008, tabled in March this year. This chapter outlines transitional arrangements for the implementation of the new act. The bill is structured into schedules, to support a staged commencement of the new Children and Young People Act 2008.

The bill makes a number of amendments to various acts and regulations consequential upon the Children and Young People Bill 2008. The bill makes technical amendments to a range of territory legislation. These amendments update or substitute references to


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