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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 10 April 2018) . . Page.. 1159 ..


raises practical difficulties. The amendment therefore increases the time frame for presenting Heavy Vehicle National Law regulations from six sitting days to 20 sitting days to ensure that there is sufficient time to apply these regulations in the ACT.

I hope that this offers some clarity for Mr Hanson as to the rationale behind this. The absence of an actual notification system means that our public service is required to find these things out. This longer time frame will ensure that in the future we do not see the gaps that he spoke about in his remarks.

The bill provides that the national regulations made under the Heavy Vehicle National Law are taken to be amended by the Heavy Vehicle (General) National Amendment Regulation 2016 (NSW) and the Heavy Vehicle National Amendment Regulation 2017 (NSW). In terms of leaving the ACT industry in limbo, I can again assure Mr Hanson that the changes that were created under the two regulations that I have just referred to are such that it has actually reduced regulation for the ACT industry. The consequence of the gap that has existed has not been a legally problematic one for the industry here in the ACT but of course it is important that those regulations are implemented with full effect in the ACT, which is what this bill will do.

National regulations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law apply automatically in the territory. The regulations being applied by this bill give effect to a number of minor and technical amendments that have no significant impact on heavy vehicle operators and that tidy up existing regulations.

These regulations will be applied retrospectively so that the ACT law remains consistent and in sync with the national law. This approach has been adopted where this issue has arisen in relation to other national laws applied in the ACT where the amendments are technical in nature.

These amendments make existing time frames more appropriate and ensure that national legislation is properly applied in the ACT. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

MR RAMSAY (Ginninderra—Attorney-General, Minister for Regulatory Services, Minister for the Arts and Community Events and Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (12.02), in reply: I thank members for their support of this important bill. This JACS bill makes amendments to justice and community safety legislation to help make our services and processes more accessible, transparent and timely. This bill is an example of how amendments that are minor and technical can nevertheless have an important effect on people’s lives.

One such amendment in this JACS bill is an amendment to correct an inconsistency in the Crimes Act about the power of a guardian. Nearly 30 years ago the Australian Law Reform Commission published its report on guardianship and the management of property. This report was specifically aimed at reforming guardianship in the ACT. As a result, the Guardianship and Management of Property Act 1991 commenced shortly afterwards.


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