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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (19 October) . . Page.. 3229..


Tuesday, 19 October 1999

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MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY SAFETY - STANDING COMMITTEE

Scrutiny Report No. 12 of 1999 and Statement

MR OSBORNE: I present Scrutiny Report No 12 of 1999 of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety performing the duties of a scrutiny of Bills and subordinate legislation committee. I ask for leave to make a brief statement on the report.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: Mr Speaker, Scrutiny Report No. 12 of 1999 contains the committee's comments on three Bills, 57 subordinate laws and three government responses. There are a number of minor issues in there in relation to statutory appointments that I would hope that the Ministers would have a good look at.

As well, there are quite a few pages on the Children and Young People Bill which is to come before the Assembly today. There is a response from the Minister to some issues that this committee raised. Our legal adviser was quite comfortable with the response from the Government. However, he did make a point in relation to clause 14, which is an issue involving indigenous children, that, if the Government had related it to section 51c of the Bringing them home report, that may well have clarified the Government's position. There are some comments from the legal adviser on that. The legal adviser felt that the Minister's response was, in his words, polite, and he was very happy with it. Unfortunately I cannot say the same for the response from the Attorney-General, but that is contained in the report, Mr Speaker. I commend the report to the Assembly.

MENTAL HEALTH (TREATMENT AND CARE) AMENDMENT BILL (NO 2) 1999

MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care) (10.33): Mr Speaker, I present the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Amendment Bill (No 2) 1999, together with its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR MOORE: I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.


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