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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 9 June 2022) . . Page.. 1928 ..


I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

Mr Rattenbury, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction) (11.35): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 to the Assembly. As members will well know by this stage, the JACS bill is an omnibus bill, making a range of minor, technical or non-controversial amendments to laws falling primarily within my portfolio as Attorney-General.

These amendments are necessary to facilitate the proper functioning of our governance and legal systems. The smooth functioning of government requires us to continually maintain our statutes, and all of these amendments are important. However, I do wish to highlight at the outset some particularly valuable amendments to improve access to justice for survivors of child sexual abuse that are included in the bill. The amendments will give the courts the power to set aside unjust child abuse settlements and remove limitation periods on causes of actions for survivors of child physical abuse.

It is critical that the territory’s legislation is accurate, well-maintained and cohesive. This bill contains amendments to the Land Titles Act 1925, the Agents Act 2003 and the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 to correct technical errors in those pieces of legislation. These amendments are important to support the proper functioning of our laws.

The bill contains minor amendments that update existing territory laws to operate more efficiently following the COVID-19 pandemic. Amendments to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 will improve the efficiency of reporting to the Legislative Assembly on COVID-19 measures. Members will be familiar with the regular reporting by government on how each of the amendments that were introduced in response to COVID-19 are functioning. However, since those measures were first introduced, some have been repealed and some have been adopted as ongoing measures.


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