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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 5 Hansard (16 May) . . Page.. 1877 ..


I thank the two law-related societies for their input in this. They certainly have a much better grasp of how CTP law works than I or anyone in the Greens office does. I thank them for their input. They may not have always thought that we were appreciative but we were, and I know their input has improved the legislation that we have before us.

There have been a lot of changes to the legislation from the initial draft to what we are now passing, and I think that all those changes have been positive. Some of them have been made by the opposition; some of them have been inspired by the opposition; and some of them have been inspired by the discussions that the Greens and the Labor Party had, at inordinate length sometimes, it seemed to me. I am confident that, as a whole, the Assembly has ended up with better legislation than was originally presented, and that is the Assembly doing the job that the Assembly should do.

I have no doubt that there are still some issues that we have not got quite right. I truthfully look forward to the three-year review of this legislation, how it works. I think that is enough time to ensure that there has been a degree of cases to see what is actually happening but soon enough that if anything really has gone wrong we can change it and make things better. I commend this legislation to the Assembly and thank all those involved in getting us here.

Title agreed to.

Question put:

That this bill, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 12 : Mr Barr, Ms J Burch, Ms Cheyne, Ms Fitzharris, Mr Gentleman, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Orr, Mr Pettersson, Mr Ramsay, Mr Rattenbury, Mr Steel, Ms Stephen-Smith

Noes 9 : Miss C Burch, Mr Coe, Mrs Dunne, Mr Hanson, Mrs Jones, Mrs Kikkert, Ms Lawder, Mr Milligan, Mr Parton

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Working With Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Amendment Bill 2019

Debate resumed from 4 April 2019, on motion by Mr Steel:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


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