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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 4 Hansard (29 March) . . Page.. 1513..


Related and consequential amendments are made to provisions elsewhere in the act and to provisions in the Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Act 1999, the Road Transport (General) Regulation 2000, the Road Transport (Mass, Dimensions and Loading) Act 2009, the Road Transport (Offences) Regulation 2005 and the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2000.

The primary purpose of this bill is to ensure that liability for infringement notice offences and the associated demerit points are properly attributed to the person who committed the offence. I want to make it clear that this bill is not about revenue. In fact, the provisions relating to corporations' obligations may end up by reducing overall government revenue as the corporations begin to comply with their obligation to identify the driver involved in an offence and cease paying infringement penalties at the corporate rate of five times the individual penalty amount. The road safety benefits to the community in having a more effective demerit points scheme are the clear objective here.

I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Planning, Building and Environment Legislation 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) (11.08): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

This is the third bill created under the government's omnibus planning and building legislation amendment bill process. The first two bills were known as the planning and building legislation amendment bill or PABLAB. However, this third bill has a new name to reflect ministerial responsibilities within the Environment and Sustainable Development portfolio that commenced in July last year. The omnibus bill is now called the Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill. I will leave the acronym to others.

In this way the omnibus bill process will manage all minor policy or technical amendments to legislation within the portfolio. The bill will continue to provide an efficient avenue for consideration of minor matters in a consolidated single bill. I also note that this process assists the wider community in accessing and understanding changes being made to legislation within the portfolio.


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