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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 9 Hansard (16 September) . .

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circumstances as those proposed in the bill. There have been five declarations under the act and we have seen those powers exercised responsibly and effectively, particularly during the Canberra leg of the Beijing Olympics torch relay in 2008.

Major events as envisaged in the bill occur in a very different environment. Major events are unlike everyday events in terms of scale, and tighter security measures are required to ensure that members of the community attending these events can do so safely, and comfortable in the knowledge that the event is secure.

In considering the appropriate measures to support security at major events, it is important to recognise that a major event is a special circumstance which gives rise to special requirements. It is not unlike the requirement for special powers to stop, detain or search a person which is applied to our airports. The environment in airports requires a special approach to security. This is recognised in aviation security law, and similar approaches are being proposed in this bill. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Clause 1.

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

Gas Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Debate resumed from 5 June 2014, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR COE (Ginninderra) (11.50): The opposition will be supporting the Gas Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2014. This bill amends the Gas Safety Act and regulation as well as the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act and regulation. The bill is designed to improve the operation of gas safety regulation and move accreditation of gas appliance workers to the same framework as other occupations. The bill inserts objects for the Gas Safety Act. It is usual for acts to include an "objects of the act" section but there is currently not one in the Gas Safety Act. The objects section makes it clear what the purpose and scope of the act is. This is an important amendment because it removes any ambiguity about what provisions may be included in this act.

The bill also removes the requirement to attach a compliance plate to premises when gasfitting work has been carried out. The current practice of installing compliance plates serves little purpose. The plate is merely an indication that the gasfitter completed gafitting work. It does not indicate that the system has passed an inspection or that it continues to comply with the requirements.

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