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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 628..


MS TUCKER (continuing):

provisions in the bill, which made it clear that such activities would not be restricted by this bill, was reassuring.

Finally, I note that some of the scrutiny concerns have been addressed through government amendments, and will keep a watching brief on the others.

MR WOOD (Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for the Arts and Heritage and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (12.28): I thank members for their general support. What Ms Tucker says is right. We want flexibility and freedom for people to do what they want to do-carry on the practices of other times-and that will continue. The procedures for managing these things have been simplified to some degree, and are now much better.

Obviously there is capacity to keep a watch, as Ms Tucker says she will, on what goes on. We are able to use the regulations, if necessary, to tighten things up, but we will see what happens.

Mrs Cross, your concern is one that is in our minds. I believe the amendment we are proposing will cover that. However, we will keep a check on it, see how it goes and watch carefully. I commend this bill, which is about to be agreed.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR WOOD (Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for the Arts and Heritage and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (12.30): I ask leave to move amendments 1, 2 and 3 circulated in my name together [see schedule 1 at page 689].

Leave granted.

MR WOOD: I table the explanatory memorandum and I now move amendments 1, 2 and 3 circulated in my name together. They cover the aspects Mrs Cross, and other people who responded to the Scrutiny of Bills report, was talking about.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.31 to 2.32 pm.

Questions without notice

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