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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . . Page.. 2588 ..


Solicitor-General and the Director of Public Prosecutions. New section 11C contains a range of criteria to consider that could allow the executive to end the Principal Registrar's appointment. Examples include on grounds of misbehaviour or incapacity to perform the functions of the office. These are rarely used, but they are important provisions to facilitate transparency and good governance.

The bill also makes amendments to the statutory framework applying to the associate judge of the Supreme Court. The role of the associate judge is one that has evolved from the role of master. Historically, the role of master on a court was confined to a limited set of civil matters. This differing role meant that, unlike a judge, the master's term of appointment could be for a seven-year term.

As the name change implies, the associate judge performs many of the same functions as resident judges, and her jurisdiction has recently been extended to cover some criminal matters. Under the existing legislation the government has the option to appoint the current associate judge for either a seven-year term or until the age of 70. The government chose to make its most recent appointment until retirement age. This bill recognises the evolution of the role by removing the legislative option to appoint for a term of seven years. This will mean that, as with the current appointment, all future appointments to the role will be until the age of 70.

I am pleased to present the Courts and Other Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (No. 2). This bill demonstrates the government's focus on recognising the importance of workplaces, and the role of older Canberrans in the workplace. It also shows that our ongoing engagement with the justice system is continuing to yield tangible improvements. These improvements will support our justice system to keep on offering first-rate services to this community. I commend this bill to the Assembly.

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

Government Procurement (Secure Local Jobs) Amendment Bill 2018

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) (10.13): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Today, I am pleased to present the Government Procurement (Secure Local Jobs) Amendment Bill 2018, which makes amendments to the Government Procurement Act 2001. The reforms that will be initiated by this bill deliver on the government's


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