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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 10 Hansard (18 September) . . Page.. 3669 ..


that no longer apply. Other obsolete provisions refer to maps and plan submission requirements where these needed to be submitted on linen paper that can only be sourced from the United Kingdom. If the legislative references to telexes and faxes were past their use-by dates, requirements for maps on parchment are clearly archaic.

The government is also ensuring that our legislation is flexible enough to accommodate new forms of identification. Increasingly people want to be able to access their credit cards and identification documents on their mobile devices. An example of the new form of identification is the digital key pass ID that is issued by Australia Post, which has been approved for proof of ID in licensed premises in other jurisdictions. Access Canberra has recently trialled this system in a number of licensed venues across the city. This bill will facilitate new forms of authorised identification. It will enable the government to flexibly respond to new forms of identification, including digital forms as they continue to emerge. This ensures that the regulatory environment is keeping up to date with people's preferences and with those new forms of technology. The changes will provide greater choice for people required to prove their identity or their age without reducing requirements for the proof of identity.

The ACT government has also committed, with the Australian government, to establishing a common assessment method for the assessment and listing of threatened species. Work to align the ACT's list with those of the Australian government has identified that the listing processes in the ACT legislation are either duplicated in their legislation or could be further streamlined. So this bill addresses the duplication and ensures that the decision-making processes for these important environmental issues are clear and straightforward.

The amendments in the red tape legislation bill reflect the government's commitment to continually reviewing and updating our regulatory settings and our legislation so that it meets the needs of business, of community organisations and of the ACT community as a whole. Regulatory reform and red tape reduction is a priority for this government and will remain so.

We will continue to ensure that regulation and legislation remain relevant and effective over time while delivering enhanced community outcomes. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Crimes (Restorative Justice) Amendment Bill 2018

Debate resumed from 23 August 2018, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


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