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Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 14, dated 29 March 2022, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR CAIN: Scrutiny report No 14 contains the committee’s comments on 12 pieces of subordinate legislation, proposed private member’s amendments to one bill, and four government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Economy and Gender and Economic Equality—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS CASTLEY (Yerrabi) (11.19): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Economy and Gender and Economic Equality relating to statutory appointments in accordance with continuing resolution 5A. During the reporting period 1 July 2021 to 31 December 2021 the committee considered a total of six appointments and reappointments to the following bodies: the ACT Government Procurement Board, the Governing Board of the Long Service Leave Authority and the Cultural Facilities Corporation Board. I now table a schedule of statutory appointments considered during this reporting period:

Economy and Gender and Economic Equality—Standing Committee—Schedule of Statutory Appointments—10th Assembly—Period 1 July to 31 December 2021.

Road Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 (No 2)

Debate resumed from 1 December 2021 on motion by Mr Steel:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (11.20): The Canberra Liberals will be supporting this bill without amendments because it will make our roads safer and it is a common-sense road safety bill. There is nothing in it that is controversial. There is nothing in it that represents a major change. It is just a bill that makes sense. I said last sitting week, when we were debating the first road safety bill, that road safety is one of those things that is much more important than politics, and that is a sentiment that continues with this bill.

Standouts from this bill are the changes regarding the use of a bike or e-scooter in a road or road-related offence. I have to say that I was somewhat shocked to find out that currently the offence for riding a bike while intoxicated on a road carries with it a higher penalty than for drink-driving on the same road, which is quite bizarre. Quite bizarre.

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