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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 11 Hansard (14 November) . . Page.. 3454..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

statistics basis. This report reflects that change in accountability, with the September quarter financial report being the first quarterly report to be prepared on a GFS basis.

The Financial Management Act, however, still requires the preparation of the territory's budget to be in line with generally accepted accounting practice. For this reason, Australian accounting standards statements are still being prepared and reported on in the quarterly consolidated financial report. This dual level of reporting may need to be continued until such time as the accounting standards are fully harmonised with the government finance framework. That will be in the 2008-09 financial year for the general government sector. Mr Speaker, I commend the report to the Assembly.

Notifiable instruments

Papers 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 papers:

Director of Public Prosecutions Act, pursuant to subsection 20 (6)-

Director of Public Prosecutions Direction 2006 (No 1)-Notifiable instrument NI2006-390, including an explanatory statement.

Director of Public Prosecutions Direction 2006 (No 2)-Notifiable instrument NI2006-356, including an explanatory statement.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, today I have tabled two directions I have made as Attorney-General to the Director of Public Prosecutions. I draw members' attention first of all to Director of Public Prosecutions Direction 2006 (No 1). This direction was issued on 24 October this year and was designed to provide the necessary legal support so that the paintball competition held at the Adventure Paintball range involving interstate competitors could proceed on the weekend of 28 and 29 October 2006.

Under the Firearms Act 1996 and the Firearms Regulation 1997, organising and participating in paintball competitions is a perfectly legal activity provided that particular safety requirements are complied with. Such competitions also bring with them economic benefits to the territory economy.

The legislation currently lacks provision for interstate competitors to bring their interstate-licensed paintball markers into the territory for the purpose of participating in a paintball competition. While a long-term solution will be achieved through legislative amendments, this prosecution direction met the immediate needs of the 28 and 29 October 2006 competition. This direction is fully compliant with the requirements for making such directions as set out under the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1990. In particular, the Director of Public Prosecutions was consulted and supported the making of the direction.


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