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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 12 Hansard (29 October) . .

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It is important to provide clarity around this issue before the capped expenditure period for the 2016 election commences on 1 January next year. Without this clarity it might be argued that members, in using their communications allowance to carry out their normal constituent functions as members, are using these funds for electoral expenditure. For example, in responding to a constituent on a particular matter a member may incidentally comment on the performance of the government. This bill will remove that uncertainty and ensure that members do not inadvertently breach the requirements in relation to electoral expenditure.

I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Road Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (No 2)

Mr Rattenbury, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Justice, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform) (10.53): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to introduce the Road Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (No 2) in the Assembly today. This bill makes a number of amendments to the road transport legislation to improve road safety and improve the administration and enforcement of the road transport legislation. Two of the amendments made by the bill also support the goals of the digital Canberra action plan to assist the government to better engage with citizens and deliver services more efficiently to meet the needs of the community.

The first amendment made by this bill will allow for electronic service of infringement notices. An infringement notice can currently be served on an individual either in person or by posting the notice to the person's home or business address. This amendment will give an individual the option to receive an infringement notice more quickly and efficiently by electronic means such as email. Members may be aware that electronic service of infringement notices was recently trialled in New South Wales, with positive results. This amendment will provide members of the community with a more convenient method of receiving infringement notices. It will also create administrative efficiencies which will allow government and policing resources to be better allocated.

The second amendment made by this bill is to allow certain infringement notice declarations to be completed online. Currently a person who has been served with an infringement notice in relation to an alleged road transport offence may provide a


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