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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 14 Hansard (30 November) . .

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separate sets of conditions, some of which are consistent across the two orders and some of which are not. This bill will address these issues by ensuring that a good behaviour order and a parole order cannot be served concurrently.

The range of amendments in this bill will make significant changes to the way survivors of sex abuse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children interact with the justice system. It will respond to significant legal issues raised over the past year in court decisions in ways that improve the prosecution of crime and the administration of sentences. This bill is yet another example of the government's continuous improvement of the legal system. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Work Health and Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Ms Stephen-Smith, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion, Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations) (11.54): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Today I present the Work Health and Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2017. The purpose of this bill is to facilitate the territory's adoption of the harmonised work health and safety laws that regulate hazardous chemicals and major hazard facilities under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011. These provisions were developed by Safe Work Australia as part of the nationally agreed set of model work health and safety laws.

Hazardous chemicals are currently regulated in the territory as dangerous substances under the dangerous substances framework. Under this framework the Dangerous Substances Act 2004 and the Dangerous Substances (General) Regulation 2004 provide for the safety duties, classification, labelling and packing and quantity level regulation of dangerous substances, as well as establishing a licensing scheme for the handling of certain substances.

These laws were enacted following an earlier unsuccessful effort by jurisdictions to harmonise work health and safety laws in Australia. Since that time a new set of model work health and safety laws were developed nationally by Safe Work Australia and agreed by the majority of states and territories. These model laws have been adopted in the territory through the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011. However, the territory did not adopt a number of chapters under the regulation.


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