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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 9 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 4026..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

As the Road Transport Authority must apply the sanction on the basis of the rights held by the person on the suspension date, not the date that the suspension notice is prepared, the Road Transport Authority cannot know at the time of postage which right will be ultimately affected by the suspension. It is therefore not possible for the suspension notice to specify the particular form of suspension action that will be taken, although in practice the most commonly applied sanction is the suspension of a person's ACT driver licence. For interstate clients, the applicable sanction is usually the suspension of the person's right to drive in the ACT.

The confirmation notice will ensure the person is informed of which type of suspension or enforcement action is taken. In addition, the Road Transport Authority will advise clients in the suspension notice that they may call Canberra Connect before they receive their confirmation notice, if they wish to check their driver licence or vehicle registration status.

The bill also corrects minor errors to references to provisions in the Crimes (Sentence Administration) Amendment Bill 2010, which came into effect on 1 July. I am advised that no-one has been adversely affected by these by incorrect cross-references in the act.

Madam Deputy Speaker, the amendments in the bill represent simple, practical solutions that will provide both the Road Transport Authority and its clients with certainty when licence or registration sanctions are taken. I commend the bill to the Assembly

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

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 (No 3)

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 the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.33): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 (No 3) is the 26th bill in a series of legislation that concerns the Justice and Community Safety portfolio. The bill I am introducing today will improve the effectiveness of the ACT statute book.

I note the Assembly recently supported a motion calling on the government to adhere to the generally accepted practice of using omnibus bills to deal only with amendments to legislation that are minor, technical and non-contentious in nature and to bring more substantive amendments forward in separate bills.


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