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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 2 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 715..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

make the experience of these witnesses in the criminal justice system less stressful and traumatic. To ensure that these amendments will operate efficiently and effectively minor amendments have been made to fulfil the original intent of the legislation.

The Liquor Act 1975: this bill amends the Liquor Act 1975 by inserting a new part to address a concern about the validity of the appointment of Ms Robyn Davies to the Liquor Licensing Board made on 17 October 2008. The sole purpose of the government making these amendments is to remove any doubt or uncertainty as to the validity of this appointment.

The Magistrates Court Act 1936: the Crimes (Legislation Amendment) Act 2008 was passed in 2008 and, among other amendments, introduced the concept of hand-up acquittals. During the implementation of this act by my department it has become apparent that there was some confusion as to the intention of the act. Therefore the bill I am introducing today makes a number of minor amendments to the Magistrates Court Act 1936 to remove this uncertainty and to provide clarity around the initial intention of the process for hand-up committals in the Magistrates Court.

The Residential Tenancies Tribunal Act 1997: this amendment to the Residential Tenancies Tribunal Act 1997 inserts a new part 12 to address a concern about the validity of the appointments of Mr Allan Anforth and Ms Jennifer David to the Residential Tenancies Tribunal on 17 October 2008. Again, the sole purpose of the government making these amendments is to remove any doubt or uncertainty as to the validity of these appointments.

The Bail Act 1992: the amendment to the note in section 9(6) of the Bail Act 1992 is a minor and technical amendment as a consequence of the definition of a relevant person under section 15 of the Domestic Violence and Protection Orders Act 2008 also being amended. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Reference

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (10.23): I move:

That the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure:

(1) inquire into and report on the merit of appointing a Parliamentary Budget Officer to strengthen the capacity of the Assembly to better hold government to account by increasing transparency in its fiscal planning framework and improving scrutiny of the estimates process; and

(2) report by the last sitting day in August 2009.

The Greens are proud to have put forward through the ALP-Greens agreement a progressive agenda of parliamentary reform that we believe will improve the transparency of the Assembly processes and increase the accountability of those in this place who are charged with the responsibility of governing for the ACT. This


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