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for the cost of travel by private vehicle to receive treatment. I commend the bill to the Assembly.
MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction) (11.15), in reply: The Statute Law Amendment Bill 2021 carries on the technical amendments program that continues to develop a simpler, more coherent and accessible statute book for the territory through minor legislation changes. It is an efficient mechanism to take care of non-controversial, minor or technical amendments to a range of territory legislation whilst conserving resources that would otherwise be needed if the amendments were dealt with individually. Each individual amendment is minor, but when viewed collectively the amendments are a significant contribution to improving the operation of the affected legislation and the statute book generally.
Briefly, schedule 1 of the bill makes minor amendments that have been approved by the Chief Minister. Schedule 1 amends the Controlled Sports Act 2019 to include the Controlled Sports Registrar in addition to the minister as someone who may be informed or advised about controlled sports issues by an advisory committee. This is a practical measure as the registrar is responsible for exercising many of the functions under the act.
An amendment is made in schedule 1 of the Mental Health Act 2015, as has been noted, to include a registered affected person as someone who may appear and give evidence at the hearing of certain proceedings before the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The Victims of Crime Commissioner was recently afforded the right to appear and give evidence in proceedings in respect of which there is a registered, affected person. However, the same right was not extended to the registered affected persons themselves. This was an inadvertent omission and is corrected by this amendment.
Schedule 1 of the bill also amends the Public Sector Management Act 1994. The amendment displaces the Legislation Act 2001 section 47(3) and (6) in relation to a commonwealth law or an ACT enterprise agreement applied, adopted or incorporated in a public sector management standard. Section 47 sets out how a statutory instrument such as a management standard may make provision about a matter when applying a law or instrument. Public Sector Management Standards 2016 incorporate the terms of ACT enterprise agreements in relation to superannuation and other entitlements of certain public servants and statutory office holders.
The displacement of section 47(3) ensures the enterprise agreements and any relevant commonwealth laws apply as enforced from time to time. Further, section 47(6) is displaced because both commonwealth laws and ACT enterprise agreements are readily accessible on the internet and the ACT government intranet. There is therefore no need for them to be published in the legislation register.
The Worker’s Compensation Act 1951 is amended in schedule 1 to correct a cross-reference in relation to working out the amount of compensation payable by an employer to an injured worker. Section 75 sets out how to calculate the cost of taking an injured worker by private motor vehicle to and from a place to receive medical