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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 8 Hansard (7 August) . . Page.. 3002..


ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal Legislation Amendment Bill 2008 (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) (10:39): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Today I am introducing the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal Legislation Amendment Bill 2008 (No 2) which is the third bill dealing with the establishment of a consolidated ACT tribunal, otherwise known as the ACAT. I tabled the first bill, the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal Bill 2008, in May. The bill I table today is the second bill of similar aim which makes amendments to legislation related to the ACAT bill.

The bill deals predominantly with amendments consequential to the movement of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal into the ACAT. A number of amendments provide that an application may be made for a review of administrative decisions under the relevant act, previously brought before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, to the ACAT. Provisions in some acts have required amendment in order to frame administrative decisions and the review right in modern language.

The bill also includes a number of amendments to the principal ACAT bill in relation to administrative review. One of the amendments preserves the opportunity for a person who has made or proposes to make an application in the administrative review jurisdiction to apply to the Attorney-General for provision of financial or legal assistance in relation to the proceeding.

The ACAT bill has also been amended to establish the ACAT Trust Account and related provisions. The ACAT will deliver major positive reforms to the ACT tribunal sector, including greater efficiency, better support for tribunal members and registries, and increased consistency across the consolidated jurisdictions whilst maintaining unique differences where necessary. Ultimately, the consolidated tribunal will improve access to justice in the territory.

I commend the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal Legislation Amendment Bill (No 2) to the Assembly.

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

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2008

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


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