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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4075 ..


strategy—and officials from other agencies who engaged very positively in this process to identify actions that they could take early and to think laterally and out of the box about how they could change what they do to support carers, not necessarily doing that at any cost but just raising awareness of the needs of carers across their organisation.

Finally, I want to thank the carers who participated in this process, who gave of their time and expertise to help us develop a better policy by and for the carers themselves, the members of the carers voice panel, and the carers who participated in the taskforce. I just wanted to take a moment to record all of that thanks.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Debate resumed from 20 September 2018, on motion by Mr Ramsay:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (11.45): The ACT Greens will be supporting the amendments of this bill. I would like to acknowledge that these amendments, while minor in nature, will serve to further support efficiencies in our courts administration and justice system overall. They provide greater clarity for the judiciary—Supreme Court judges and magistrates and associates—regarding their powers and responsibilities.

The amendments also support greater consistency in regards to administrative functions of seeking and issuing warrants, and also rectify a minor drafting anomaly of a previous bill. The Attorney-General and the Justice and Community Safety Directorate work methodically on issues such as these while also maintaining a forward-facing agenda of reform and innovation.

I am keenly aware, as the minister for justice, of the need to both monitor the existing structures and seek out opportunities for change when the need arises. Therefore, while they are presented in broad tranches, each of these minor and non-controversial amendments represents time and resources well-spent in order to continually improve our increasingly complex and integrated justice system as we continue to grow as a city.

With those brief remarks, the Greens are pleased to support this legislation today. We think it will make improvements to the bill. We thank the Attorney-General for bringing these amendments forward to make our justice system better.

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (11.47): At the outset, I thank Mr Rattenbury for speaking probably a bit longer than he may have otherwise to what is a very short bill. The Canberra Liberals will be supporting this legislation, Madam Speaker. Although many clauses are only one or two word changes, they do make alterations to how some criminal law procedures would operate.


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