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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 4 Hansard (5 April) . .

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and Young People's Commitment 2015-2025 sets a vision for a whole-of-government and whole-of-community approach to promote the rights of children and young people in the ACT. The commitment provides guidance to people in the Canberra community on how to assist children and young people to reach their potential, make a contribution and share the benefits of our community.

Madam Assistant Speaker, I thank you for this opportunity to address the Assembly and share with you the ACT results for the 2015 Australian early development census. An ACT-specific report detailing these results will be published later in the year to support further utilisation of the data by the many community and government organisations invested in ensuring the best start for all our children in the ACT.

I present a copy of the statement:

2015 Australian Early Development Census—Release—Ministerial statement, 5 April 2016.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

Debate resumed from 10 March 2016, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (11.13): We will be supporting this bill in principle, but I do have reservations that I share with my colleagues about one particular group of provisions in this bill. The bill removes a range of regulatory requirements that are unnecessary administrative and compliance costs for business, the community and particularly for government. That said, any action the government can take to reduce red tape is welcomed by the Canberra Liberals. However, the devil is often in the detail, and this bill is a good example of substantial reforms hiding amongst a host of other changes.

This is an omnibus bill, and typically these sorts of bills reform legislative requirements that are not significant enough in their own right to justify stand-alone legislation. Most of this bill does, in fact, address less significant issues, none of which we have particular concerns with. These include revisions such as streamlining the liquor licensing renewal process, reducing the reporting burden on incorporated associations that are also charities, easing the administrative pressure on new agent licences with respect to submitting trust account details, enabling advertising of lotteries approved under the Lotteries Act 1964, removing conflicting provisions regarding licensing for security industry workers, modernising fair trading legislation by updating the definition of "accessory" for vehicle sales, enabling more streamlined digital services and removing requirements for complaints to government to be provided in writing and signed by the complainant. We will support these reforms.

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