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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 9 Hansard (18 September) . . Page.. 2895..


Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Assembly met at 10 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Suspension of sitting

MADAM SPEAKER: I hate to do this to members, but we have a problem with the recording system with Hansard. The technicians are here and attempting to fix it, but we do not at this stage have the capacity to record. The proposal at this stage is that we suspend until the ringing of the bells.

Sitting suspended from 10.03 to 10.22 am.

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (No 2)

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, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro) (10.21): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill (No 2) this morning. This bill amends a number of acts to improve their operational effect, without amounting to a major change in policy. The amendments are minor and uncontroversial in nature. The bill amends the following acts: Administration and Probate Act 1929; Agents Act 2003; Family Provision Act 1969; Human Rights Commission Act 2005; Powers of Attorney Act 2006; and Public Trustee Act 1985. The bill also makes consequential amendments to legislation resulting from the introduction of the Information Privacy Act 2014 and amendments to the commonwealth's Privacy Act 1988.

As I will outline, the amendments in this bill will deliver benefits to people in the community, contribute to a reduction in red tape for licensed agents and improve transparency of the administration of estates.

The bill makes two amendments to the Administration and Probate Act 1929. The first provides for the use of an approved form by an executor or administrator prior to


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