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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 24 November 2005) . . Page.. 4657 ..


assistance to victims and offender rehabilitation programs; expansion of the legislation to include mechanisms for monitoring risks and triggering intervention; and commissioning research and consultation into the expansion of the register to include sexual offences against adults. I note that these recommendations are not being implemented in today’s bill, but I hope that the government is giving them some consideration.

The Residential Tenancies Act and regulation amendments will safeguard rental bond trust accounts from being mistakenly included as part of the department’s budget—something that I hope has not occurred to date. The amendments also, importantly, provide similar status to occupants as tenants, allowing the Residential Tenancies Tribunal the power to restore an occupancy agreement, similar to its power to restore a tenancy agreement.

Finally, the Unclaimed Moneys Act amendments ensure that, when a company holds a sum of unclaimed money, the company cannot deplete the sum of unclaimed money by spending it on advertising the fact in a lavish way. I am glad for these small but necessary changes and, as I said before, I support them.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs) (5.50), in reply: As has been indicated, this bill is the 14th bill in a series of bills dealing with legislation within the justice and community safety portfolio. It makes a number of minor and technical amendments to the portfolio legislation. The bill amends acts and regulations concerned with the administration of matters before the courts, court rules, consumer credit, criminal procedure, fair trading, public trust and a number of other regulatory activities administered within the portfolio. I thank members for their contribution to the debate and for their support of these technical and minor amendments. I foreshadow that there are just two minor technical amendments that I propose to move in the detail stage.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs) (5.51): I seek leave to move amendments Nos 1 and 2 together.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I move amendments Nos 1 and 2 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 4667].

I also table a supplementary explanatory amendment to these amendments. These are minor and technical amendments. The first of the amendments provides that the proposed amendment is to be taken to have commenced upon the commencement of the Criminal Code (Administration of Justice Offences) Amendment Act 2005, and the


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