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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 18 November 2010) . . Page.. 5739 ..


legislation to regulate the management of its records within its jurisdiction and to ensure that it is able to share information with other jurisdictions across Australia. Increasingly we will be working in environments that require us to develop and share information with other jurisdictions.

This legislation places the ACT in a position to meet our responsibilities at a national level. As I said, I thank members for their contribution, their consideration of this bill and their support and I commend it to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (5.37): Pursuant to standing order 182A(b), I seek leave to move amendments Nos 1 to 4 circulated in my name together. They are minor and technical in nature.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I move amendments No 1 to 4 circulated in my name [see schedule 5 at page 5761].

I will speak briefly to these amendments which, as I said, are technical. The amendments are intended to give effect to the issues raised by the scrutiny of bills committee in the report of 18 October 2010. The amendments were foreshadowed in response to the chair of the committee.

Government amendment No 1 adds the phrase “on reasonable grounds”, at the suggestion of the committee following their query that the director’s power in proposed subsection 23(2A) should be qualified by requiring the director to act only if satisfied on reasonable grounds of the matters stated in the proposed section.

Government amendment No 2 provides that “and” is substituted for “or” in proposed new section 23(2A)(a) to emphasise that, when the director is considering whether to enter into an agreement with another public body, all decisions in relation to section 23(2A) must be reported to the Assembly, again in response to the concerns expressed by the committee.

Government amendment 3 provides proposed new sections 23A and 23B. Proposed new 23B provides for a report on intergovernmental records agreements. The original provision in relation to this particular amendment acknowledged that on occasion a body or agency is established that crosses jurisdictional boundaries and it allows for


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