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Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 5

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (11.05): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 5, dated 26 May 2021, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR HANSON: Scrutiny report No 5 contains the committee’s comments on two bills, two pieces of subordinate legislation and two government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Statute Law Amendment Bill 2021

Debate resumed from 20 April 2021, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (11.06): On behalf of the Canberra Liberals, I rise in support of this bill, which in the main corrects errors, updates language and removes references to approved forms where the legislation is no longer administered by their use. The bill reflects, of course, the ongoing editorial revision of ACT legislation, noting that a small number of substantive changes have been made. The scrutiny of bills committee drew some of these to the minister’s attention, but no response was required.

I mention a couple of perhaps less than minor or technical amendments—and that is, under the Controlled Sports Act, the registrar will be allowed to receive advice from an advisory committee. It is currently the case that that council can only advise the minister.

I note that, under the Mental Health Act 2015, the bill will allow a registered affected person, someone who has suffered harm or alleges harm, to attend and give evidence during the relevant ACAT proceeding involving a person subject to a mental health order. This was overlooked when the act was amended in 2020, whereby the Victims of Crime Commissioner was given the right to attend. I thank the minister for providing officers from his department and his office for a briefing recently on this bill and others before the Assembly this week and later in the month. We will be supporting this bill.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for

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