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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 1 May 2007) . . Page.. 784 ..

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Housing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (5.50): I seek leave to move together amendments Nos 1 to 5 circulated in my name.

Leave granted.

MR HARGREAVES: I formally move amendments Nos 1 to 5 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 794]. I table a supplementary explanatory statement in relation to the government amendments.

Very briefly, these amendments respond in a sense to some of the concerns expressed by the scrutiny of bills committee. They tighten up some of the right to liability issues that are in the act. We have omitted a clause. These are mechanical amendments. Since the amendments were proposed by the scrutiny of bills committee, I would urge members to support them.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Territory Records Amendment Bill 2007

Debate resumed from 8 March 2007, on motion by Mr Hargreaves:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR PRATT (Brindabella) (5.52): We agree in principle with the government’s amendment, the fundamental change to the act being the postponement until July 2008 of public access to territory records. The bill that the minister has proposed allows agencies an extension of time of one year to prepare records for public access. The bill also allows for a review timetable to be set in place to ensure that the Assembly is satisfied with all aspects of the operation of the act.

The Territory Records Act 2002 was initiated to establish a regime for the effective management of records in all agencies of the ACT government. The opposition urges all agencies and the government to be mindful of the main purposes of the act—namely, to encourage open and accountable government by ensuring that territory records are made, managed and, if appropriate, preserved in an accessible form; secondly, to preserve territory records for the benefit of present and future generations; and, thirdly, to ensure that public access to records is consistent with the principles of the Freedom of Information Act. God, you can only hope! Clearly, with

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