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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1899..


Elections ACT made recommendations on the effectiveness of the election process which further supported the recommendations we received from the elected body and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities regarding capitalising on NAIDOC Week and increasing the campaign period for candidates. Elections ACT suggested that the increase of the campaign period for candidates would build engagement for the elections, allowing candidates more time to access the community and reach eligible electors who may otherwise not be exposed to the elections through existing communication channels. This same rationale supported the move to coincide the elected body elections with NAIDOC Week.

Elections ACT made a number of technical amendments which will bring clarity and consistency to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Act 2008. The clarification of definitions and fine tuning of terminology have been recommended to ensure the act displays continual growth and relevance to the ACT context and the communities it serves.

In closing, Mr Speaker, let me say that I believe the changes recommended in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Amendment Bill 2012 recognise the expertise of our elected body and of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. These changes reflect the growth and improvement they want in the legislation, which is designed to help these communities achieve and succeed.

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

Standing and temporary orders—adoption

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (10.10): I move:

That temporary order 74 (Routine of Business) be adopted as a standing order of the Assembly.

I will speak very briefly to this. This is one of a number of temporary orders that have been made standing orders. This particular one relates to the start time of the Assembly, which is 10 am.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (10.11): The government will be supporting this proposed change to the standing orders.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Cotter Dam—enlargement

Statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation), by leave: I am


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