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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 10 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 3869..


Schedules of amendments

Schedule 1

Protection of Public Participation Bill 2008

Amendments moved by the Attorney-General

1

Title

omit the title, substitute

A Bill for

An Act about protection for participation in public debate and matters of public interest

2

Clause 5

Page 3, line 1—

omit clause 5, substitute

5 Purpose of Act

The purpose of this Act is to protect public participation, and discourage certain civil proceedings that a reasonable person would consider interfere with engagement in public participation.

3

Clause 6

Page 3, line 23—

omit clause 6, substitute

6 Meaning of improper purpose

For this Act, a proceeding is started or maintained against a person (the defendant) for an improper purpose if a reasonable person would consider that the main purpose for starting or maintaining the proceeding is—

(a) to discourage the defendant (or anyone else) from engaging in public participation; or

(b) to divert the defendant's resources away from engagement in public participation to the proceeding; or

(c) to punish or disadvantage the defendant for engaging in public participation.

4

Clause 7

Page 4, line 13—

omit clause 7, substitute

7 Meaning of public participation


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