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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 8 March 2007) . . Page.. 341 ..

Thursday, 8 March 2007

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.

Ministerial arrangements

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts): At the commencement of today’s proceedings I wish to advise members that the Minister for the Territory and Municipal Services, Mr Hargreaves, is on business elsewhere today. His legislative responsibilities this morning will be handled by Mr Barr. For the purpose of question time Mr Corbell is available to take any questions that might have been directed to Mr Hargreaves.

Territory Records Amendment Bill 2007

Mr Barr, on behalf of Mr Hargreaves, 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) (10.32): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Today, on behalf of Mr Hargreaves, I am tabling the Territory Records Amendment Bill 2007. This bill proposes a new date of 1 July 2008 for the commencement of access to older territory records. When Mr Bill Wood, as Minister for Urban Services, introduced the Territory Records Act 2002 he stated that this act would herald a new approach to records management for all agencies of the ACT government. The introduction of the Territory Records Act 2002 followed a commitment made by the Chief Minister in his speech “A Code of Good Government” in March 2001 that when in office Labor would ensure that government records would be properly kept and that legislation would be introduced to establish the provisions for records management for the government.

Little did we realise at the time the extent to which this rigorous records regime would extend to every area of government. All territory agencies have now implemented records management programs which respond to the standards for records management provided for in the act. The legislation also requires agencies to prepare schedules for the disposal of their records, and since the commencement of this act the Territory Records Advisory Council has recommended, and the director of territory records has approved, records disposal schedules covering over 120 functions of government.

It is partly because of the success of the implementation of the Territory Records Act 2002 that I am now proposing this amendment to extend the time by one year that

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