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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4063..


MR STANHOPE

(continuing):

offence trials a more stringent rule will apply for allowing evidence on the past sexual history of complainants.

The committee also made the point, at page 20 of its report, that the use of the term "victim"in division 4 (5) of the bill, the protection of counselling communications, is inappropriate. It has been agreed that the term is not appropriate for use in clauses 55 and 65 of the bill, and accordingly it is proposed to move an amendment to remove that word.

Clause 62 also uses the term "victim", but in that context it is considered appropriate because the reference is to victims of sexual offences generally, not to a particular person.

That is the basis of the amendments that have been moved, Mr Speaker. They are being moved further to the very detailed and welcome advice from the scrutiny of bills committee, and I commend them to the Assembly.

Amendments agreed to.

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

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance) Amendment Bill 2003

Debate resumed from 28 August 2003, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Reference to committee

MS TUCKER

(5.50): I ask for leave to move a motion concerning the Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance) Amendment Bill.

Leave granted.

MS TUCKER

: I move:

That notwithstanding the provisions of standing order 174 -

the Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance) Amendment Bill 2003 be referred the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs for inquiry and report; and

on the Committee presenting its report to the Assembly resumption of debate on the question "That this Bill be agreed to in principle"be set down as an order of the day for the next sitting.

I think the chair has been consulted about this and members are aware of it.

Mr Hargreaves

: Didn't beat a path to my door.


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