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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 13 Hansard (25 November) . . Page.. 4555..


Tuesday, 25 November 2003

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) 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.

Legal Affairs-Standing Committee

Scrutiny report No 40

MR STEFANIAK (10.32): Mr Speaker, I present the following report:

Legal Affairs-Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)-Scrutiny Report No 40, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: I move:

That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MR STEFANIAK: I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, Scrutiny Report No 40 contains the committee's comments on one bill. I commend that report to the Assembly. As members can see, it is a short report. It relates to one particular bill, which I understand will be listed on Thursday. It is basically self-explanatory. I understand my colleague Ms Tucker may well wish to say something in relation to one issue.

MS TUCKER: I seek leave to make a statement on the scrutiny of bills committee report.

Leave granted.

MS TUCKER: These are the scrutiny of bills committee's comments on the Electoral Bill, which will extend the term of the Assembly, and I just wanted to make a brief comment. There is always the potential to see rights issues or potential infringements of rights if you see the term of parliament extended by that parliament. I am not saying that that is the case at the moment with the extension of the term by one extra year. Basically this is the case in a number of states and territories already, but I just think it is important to make the point that the scrutiny of bills committee's terms of reference do require us to look at whether or not a bill introduced into the Assembly unduly trespasses on


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