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

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The bill also amends section 95 of the same act to clarify that notices about a consumer's right to make a complaint and provide feedback must be displayed prominently by service providers at their premises. This amendment makes sure that service providers are clear about the requirements to provide information to consumers about their right to make a complaint and how feedback may be given to the service provider.

The bill amends the Powers of Attorney Act 2006 to remove any doubt that a principal must not appoint a person as an attorney if that person is under 18 years old. This amendment is consistent with the definition of "child" in the Legislation Act.

The bill amends the Public Trustee Act 1985 to require an entity to provide information relevant to the exercise of the Public Trustee's powers. Under this amendment, the Public Trustee may require relevant information held by other entities, such as the national exchange of vehicle and driver information system, to assist the Public Trustee to undertake their statutory functions. The amendment provides greater operational and administrative efficiency when dealing with client matters and is consistent with the provision under New South Wales law.

Finally, the bill makes minor and technical amendments to various acts following the introduction earlier this year of the Information Privacy Act 2014 and amendments to the commonwealth Privacy Act 1988. The Information Privacy Act, which commenced on 1 September, introduced ACT-specific legislation to regulate the handling of personal information by public sector agencies. The Information Privacy Act introduced 11 territory privacy principles which set out obligations on public sector agencies when collecting, using, disclosing, storing and destroying personal information. The consequential amendments primarily amend references to terms no longer applicable under the new privacy legislation framework.

The bill also makes a number of amendments to facilitate the operational functions of ACT government agencies, increase efficiency, and provide members of the public with greater clarity and consistency. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2014

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) (10.30): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


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