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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 10 Hansard (25 September) . .

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Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Major Events Bill 2014

Detail stage

Clause 1.

Debate resumed from 16 September 2014.

Clause 1 agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro) (12.02): Pursuant to standing orders 182A (b) and (c), I seek leave to move amendments to this bill together that are minor and technical in nature and in response to comments made by the scrutiny committee.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: I move amendments Nos 1 to 39 circulated in my name together [see schedule 1 at page 3301] and I table a supplementary explanatory statement to these amendments as well as a revised explanatory statement to the bill.

First of all I draw members' attention to the fact that I have tabled a revised explanatory statement. The revised explanatory statement addresses a number of issues with the Major Events Bill 2014 which were identified by the scrutiny of bills committee in report No 22.

The revised statement clarifies that crowd management powers at part 3 do not affect venue operators' rights and responsibilities under ACT or commonwealth law, or under the common law, and they further clarify that the prohibited items list at section 12 specifies, rather than includes, prohibited items, clarifies issues about admissibility of evidence obtained during searches, and clarifies the findings of the Senate economics references committee report on ticket scalping.

I have also tabled a supplementary explanatory statement which addresses the amendments the government proposes in response to the issues raised by the scrutiny of bills committee. These amendments address a number of comments that have been made by the committee or are technical amendments for consistency and clarity.

The amendments support the policy basis for the bill and reinforce the government's position in relation to major events policy. The amendments specifically achieve the following: a higher threshold for declaring and notifying events, further protections and clarity around crowd-management powers, consideration of risk for orders banning people from an event, and repeal of the Major Events Security Act 2000.

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