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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (28 October) . . Page.. 5242..


under the ACT First Home Owner Grant Act or a first homeowner grant act in another jurisdiction. An offence would be, for example, knowingly providing false or misleading information.

The final amendment introduces a first homeowner grant cap. The Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations allows the states and territories to set a property value cap at not less than 1.4 times the jurisdiction's capital city median house price. The ACT median house price for the June 2010 quarter is $480,000. The ACT first homeowner grant cap in this bill is proposed to be set at $750,000; this is above the 1.4 times the median and equal with New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory. South Australia has introduced a property value cap of $575,000.

The ACT first homeowner grant cap applies to eligible transactions that would commence on or after 1 January 2011. I commend the First Home Owner Grant Amendment Bill 2010 to the Assembly.

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

Crimes (Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill 2010

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) (10.32): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Crimes (Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill 2010 is an important bill. It updates the lists of offences which require a person to be registered on the ACT's register of child sex offenders following the person's conviction for a listed offence.

By way of background, members will be aware that the ACT's register of child sex offenders was established by the Crimes (Child Sex Offenders) Act in June 2005. The register was developed to combat child abuse and exploitation, and followed the agreement at the Australasian Police Ministers Council in 2003 to develop nationally consistent and mutually recognised child protection legislation to track child sex offenders across state and national borders.

The act created a legislative framework which requires child sex offenders, and other specified offenders, to keep police informed of personal information for a period of time, between four years and life, once they are released into the community, following sentencing by a court, or when the offender enters the ACT. This information can include the offender's address, any travel plans, details of their employment and car registration details.


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