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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 3055..


MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (3.34): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Australian States and Territories relating to a revised cooperative legislative scheme for censorship in Australia, together with the explanatory statement, and the National Classification Code Statement and explanatory statement, the Printed Matter Classification Guidelines, Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Videotapes and Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games, with the explanatory memorandum. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the papers.

Debate (on motion by Mr Connolly) adjourned.


MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present Reports Nos 9 and 10 of the Community Law Reform Committee of the ACT, entitled "Domestic Violence" and "Defamation", respectively. I also present the Woden Valley Hospital information bulletin on patient activity data for October 1995.


Debate resumed from 12 December 1995, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR WHITECROSS (3.35): Mr Speaker, the Opposition will be supporting these amendments. We believe that it is appropriate for the chief officer of the Fire Brigade to have appropriate powers dealing with the safe use of buildings from the point of view of fire safety, including the issuing of improvement notices and occupancy notices as well as closure notices. We are happy to support this Bill. In the report of the Scrutiny of Bills Committee, which Mr Osborne tabled this morning, there were a number of concerns raised about the legislation. I see that Mr Humphries has now circulated some amendments which address most of those concerns and which we are quite happy to support as well. We will be supporting the Bill.

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