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government amendment will further increase transparency and accountability for police officers by ensuring that there are reasons recorded as to why they may have limited a detained person’s rights.
I wish to speak briefly about the other important safeguard proposed in the bill. This amendment includes a protection for those individuals who are not citizens or permanent residents of Australia and will allow them to have access to diplomatic or consular contact. These individuals can be quite vulnerable in detention, and we have a responsibility to ensure that their human rights are also protected, which these amendments aim to achieve.
Finally, terrorism remains a threat to our community and we need to make sure that we can respond appropriately to threats and acts of terrorism while balancing the need for strong human rights safeguards. This bill and the subsequent government amendments ensure that our law enforcement is appropriately equipped with the necessary powers to do so and also continues to place the ACT as a leading jurisdiction when it comes to human rights protections.
I also table the government response to report No 8 of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety inquiry into the bill, as an additional document. Having done that, I commend the bill to the Assembly.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.
MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction) (5.25), by leave: I move amendments Nos 1 to 4 circulated in my name together [see schedule 1 at page 2896]. I have already tabled the supplementary explanatory statement that goes with those amendments.
Amendments agreed to.
Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.
Bill, as amended, agreed to.
Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:
That the Assembly do now adjourn.
BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha
MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (5.26): Over the past few weeks—in fact, probably over the past two years!—I have had the privilege to be involved in several multicultural