Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 10 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 3869..
Schedules of amendments
Protection of Public Participation Bill 2008
Amendments moved by the Attorney-General
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A Bill for
An Act about protection for participation in public debate and matters of public interest
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5 Purpose of Act
The purpose of this Act is to protect public participation, and discourage certain civil proceedings that a reasonable person would consider interfere with engagement in public participation.
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6 Meaning of improper purpose
For this Act, a proceeding is started or maintained against a person (the defendant) for an improper purpose if a reasonable person would consider that the main purpose for starting or maintaining the proceeding is—
(a) to discourage the defendant (or anyone else) from engaging in public participation; or
(b) to divert the defendant's resources away from engagement in public participation to the proceeding; or
(c) to punish or disadvantage the defendant for engaging in public participation.
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7 Meaning of public participation