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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 14 August 2014) . . Page.. 2541 ..

Thursday, 14 August 2014

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Major Events Bill 2014

Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro) (10.01): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Major Events Bill 2014. The bill will repeal the Major Events Security Act 2000 and replace it with a comprehensive major events legislation scheme. The bill will provide a clear and transparent regime for dealing with major events so that they can be hosted safely and effectively.

The bill will help to promote the ACT nationally and internationally as a welcoming place to visit, live, study and invest. Provisions in the bill will protect the intellectual property and other commercial rights of sponsors to ensure that the ACT is competitive when bidding to host major events.

In addition, this legislation is a critical part of the ACT’s preparations for hosting games as part of the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup and the International Cricket Council World Cup in 2015. Both events are expected to generate significant positive economic and social benefits for the ACT.

The bill will build on existing security and management powers under the Major Events Security Act. It draws on elements of New Zealand, Victorian, New South Wales and commonwealth legislation and is designed to safeguard human rights and protect the commercial interests of events, event organisers and sponsorship partners.

This bill will ensure that the ACT meets the government guarantees associated with hosting events for the Asian Cup and the Cricket World Cup. In order to meet the guarantees, the bill will provide specific powers for police officers and other authorised people to ensure the safety and security of people participating in or attending major events, including sporting events; create protections for the intellectual property and other commercial rights of event sponsors; provide for ticketing arrangements; and create offences to support these provisions.

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