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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1126..


Mr Speake r presented the following papers:

Study trip reports—

Mr Berry MLA—Improve Government Accountability in Queensland: the Upper House Solution Conference—Brisbane, 21 April 2006.

Mr Stefaniak MLA—Meeting of Shadow Ministers for Sport and Recreation—Melbourne, 15-17 March 200

Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

Revised ACT Criminal Justice Statistical Profile—December 2005 quarter.

Terrorism (Extraordinary Temporary Powers) Bill 2006

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Planning): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Compatibility with Human Rights Act 2004—Memorandum of advice, prepared for the Chief Solicitor, ACT Government Solicitor, by Ms Kate Eastman, dated 24 April 2006

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, today I have tabled advice from independent counsel on the compatibility of the Terrorism (Extraordinary Temporary Powers) Bill 2006 with the Human Rights Act 2004. In keeping with the transparency that has existed in developing this legislation, the government took the additional step of seeking independent advice as to whether the bill is compatible with the Human Rights Act.

The bill, which is due to be debated next week, has been assessed by Ms Kate Eastman, an expert human rights lawyer, as being compatible with the Human Rights Act 2004. Ms Eastman's advice supports the compatibility statement under section 37 of the Human Rights Act that was tabled when the bill was introduced into the Assembly on 30 March this year.

Members will recall that in September last year at the heads of government meeting the government agreed to enact legislation to allow preventative detention for up to 14 days and to give special stop, search and seizure powers to police officers to prevent and investigate terrorist acts. The government made a commitment that the new laws would be proportionate, involve proper judicial oversight and meet Australia's international human rights obligations.

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