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I present a copy of the email correspondence between the Labor Party whip and the Speaker:

Health and Community Wellbeing—Standing Committee—Change of membership—Copy of email correspondence between the Labor Party Whip and the Speaker, dated 4 November 2022.

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:


The change to the membership of the Standing Committee on Health and Community Wellbeing as proposed to and agreed by the Speaker, pursuant to Standing order 223 be adopted.

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

Debate resumed from 9 June 2022 on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (11.03): I rise on behalf of the Canberra Liberals to support this omnibus bill but also to make a few comments about a particular change in two of the acts amended. This omnibus bill will amend the Agents Act 2003, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020, the Gaming Machine Act 2004 and provide some corrections to the Land Titles Act 1925 and the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.

Regarding the Agents Act amendment, the amendment in this bill will be to section 99, to insert a reference to the sale of a business or professional practice with regard to agency agreements.

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act amendment will amend section 3 to clarify that reporting requirements do not apply where a COVID-19 measure is either repealed or later amended to operate on an ongoing basis. This will enable the responsible minister to bypass preparing a report to the Legislative Assembly where its COVID-related legislation is re-operationalised or repealed.

The amendment to the Gaming Machine Act will allow the minister an extra year, until 30 November next year, to review and table a report on the gaming machine tax rebate. This is in light of COVID-19 and an inability to properly assess the operation of the gaming machine tax rebate.

Most significantly, though, the bill will amend the Civil Law (Wrongs) Act 2022 and the Limitation Act 1995, which will allow the court to set aside institutional child abuse settlement agreements where the court deems it just and reasonable to do so, with the intention to allow victims access to equal compensation by today’s standards. As members would be aware, the 2013 Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, under the Gillard federal government, made several recommendations to state and territory parliaments regarding the treatment of child abuse cases.

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