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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 4 Hansard (29 March) . . Page.. 1506..


rescue"and the amendment of definitions of "chief officer (fire brigade),""emergency service"and "fire brigade"in the Legislation Act, dictionary, part 1. Members will be aware that the primary legislative amendments of the Emergencies Act 2004 are being made in the Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 to reflect the change of name from the ACT Fire Brigade to ACT Fire and Rescue. The Statute Law Amendment Bill 2012 completes the process by making consequential amendments to other legislation.

In addition to the explanatory notes in the bill, as always, the parliamentary counsel is also available to provide any further explanation or information that members seek about any of the amendments made by this bill.

The bill, while minor and technical in nature, is another important building block in the development of a modern and accessible ACT statute book that is at the leading edge in Australia.

I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Enforcement) Amendment Bill 2012

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 and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (10.44): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Enforcement) Amendment Bill 2012.

The bill has been prepared in response to the decision made at the July 2011 meeting of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General—now the Standing Council on Law and Justice—to introduce an R18+ classification category for computer games in Australia.

The commonwealth government has now introduced a bill, the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (R18+ Computer Games) Bill 2012, which is due to commence on 1 January 2013.

I am pleased to report that that bill was passed unamended by the House of Representatives on 19 March this year. It is now progressing to the Senate for its consideration. The commonwealth bill is the mechanism by which the R18+ category is activated for all other jurisdictions.


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