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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 5 Hansard (11 May) . . Page.. 1523..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

I realise this is a little unusual, but the Minister for Industrial Relations will outline in his presentation speech shortly the reasons why the passage of this bill is urgent for the government. This is a very short bill that simply changes a date in relation to the commencement of legislation but, due to the time constraints being faced by the government, the bill will need to be debated and passed later this day; thus the reason for the suspension of standing orders.

Question resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

Asbestos Legislation Amendment Bill 2006 (No 2)

Mr Barr , pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Minister for Industrial Relations) (10.44): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I present the Asbestos Legislation Amendment Bill 2006 (No 2). The main objective of this bill is to amend the commencement of the Asbestos Legislation Amendment Act 2006, which was passed in the Assembly last week. As members will recall, the act establishes new asbestos management regimes for the residential sector and those occupations that handle asbestos on a regular basis or in the course of their work.

As previously indicated by me and by the former Minister for Industrial Relations, these laws are intended to commence from 1 July 2006, starting with the residential regime. The amendment proposed accurately reflects the intentions of the government and provides greater certainty to those professions and industries affected, by ensuring that these new laws will take effect from 1 July 2006.

I also flag for members' attention that the government will be seeking to debate this matter later today and I now commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Mulcahy ) adjourned to a later hour.

Working Families in the Australian Capital Territory—Select Committee

Amendment to resolution of appointment

Debate resumed from 30 March 2006, on motion by Mrs Burke:

That the resolution of the Assembly establishing the Select Committee on Working Families in the Australian Capital Territory, agreed to on 5 May 2005, be amended as follows:

Omit paragraph (3), substitute:


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