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MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (11.31): “Andrew the adjourner” did his business again, so we flicked from one motion to another.

Ms Orr interjecting

MR HANSON: I withdraw “Andrew the adjourner”, Mr Braddock. I apologise, Mr Assistant Speaker. As Mr Barr pointed out yesterday, if you have 13 votes, you do what you like. We can refer this to admin and procedure, and we will see what comes of it. The opposition have made their position clear through their motion today.

I look forward to those debates in admin and procedure. I hope that it is done as a clean process and that a decision is not made, as we often see in this place, in the back rooms between the Labor Party and the Greens, with them coming in here with their 13 votes. I hope that any decision that is made is in the best interest of parliamentary and committee process. I will endeavour to make sure that is followed to the best of my ability.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Courts and Other Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

Debate resumed from 20 April 20201 on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.34): I am happy to talk to the courts bill. It is important, of course, that we bring these amendment bills every now and again to ensure that we can bring legislation up to date across the ACT. Of course, I have had a look at the discussion so far for this particular bill. In renewing legislation across the ACT for courts and bringing other legislation up to speed we see a need to ensure that we can provide the appropriate balance, I think, and management for our court systems for the ACT.

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (11.35): I rise today on behalf of the Canberra Liberals in support of the Courts and Other Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2021. The primary purpose of this bill is to improve court and tribunal efficiency, something that the Canberra Liberals wholeheartedly support. I am advised that after consultation with a range of stakeholders involved in tribunal and court administration the bill addresses many concerns about court and tribunal processes.

It would be useful though, for example in explanatory statements, if the Attorney-General could provide advice on who was actually consulted and include commentary on any concerns raised by these stakeholders. The scrutiny of bills committee reviewed this bill and requested that the Attorney-General provide further information and explanation in the explanatory statement with respect to three of the amendments.

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