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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 4 June 2015) . . Page.. 2125 ..


Leave granted.

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clause 2.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Roads and Parking, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (5.44): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name and table a supplementary explanatory statement to the government amendments [see schedule 6 at page 2140].

This amendment amends the commencement date of the bill from the day after its notification to 1 July 2015. The services being procured under the strategy a step up for our kids will commence at different times in accordance with the implementation strategy. The first organisation to provide services under the strategy is proposed to commence on 1 July 2015. A commencement date of 1 July will provide time to make a regulation under the proposed new section 352B(a) that will prescribe what services are defined as for “care and protection purposes” and are therefore subject to the new provisions in the bill.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 2, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 3 to 7, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 8.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Roads and Parking, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (5.46): I move amendment No 2 circulated in my name [see schedule 6 at page 2140].

This amendment addresses issues raised by the scrutiny of bills committee. It relates to the ability to receive and consider an oral complaint and an anonymous complaint. The amendment clarifies that the director-general may receive an oral or anonymous complaint if satisfied on reasonable grounds that the exceptional circumstance justifying the complaint is not put in writing and/or the person does not provide their name and address. The director-general may assist the person to put an oral complaint in writing, and the director-general will make a written record of all oral complaints.

Amendment agreed to.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (5.47): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 7 at page 2145].


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