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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 10 May 2018) . . Page.. 1829 ..


Transport Canberra, with a current focus on schools in the Gungahlin district and the broader Gungahlin community. The program aims to ensure that people know how to keep safe when cycling, walking or driving near the light rail.

This bill is a significant step in the delivery of this government’s commitment to develop an integrated public transport network across Canberra. I would like to notify members that I have written to the Leader of the Opposition and to the chair of the scrutiny committee to advise of my intention to move government amendments. The amendments are minor and technical in nature and result from further consideration of the regulatory framework for the light rail service. I will move those amendments in the detail stage. To align with the government amendments I will be moving, and to address comments from the scrutiny committee, I will be presenting a revised explanatory statement. I thank members for their support of the bill today.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Mental Health) (4.41): Pursuant to standing order 182A(b), I seek leave to move amendments to the bill that are minor and technical in nature together.

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: I move amendments Nos 1 and 2 circulated in my name together and table a supplementary explanatory statement to the amendments [see schedule 1 at page 1840].

I am moving government amendments to the bill which are of a minor and technical nature. The amendments result from further consideration of the appropriate regulatory framework for the light rail service.

Clause 1 removes the requirement for a person to hold a contract with the territory to provide a light rail service in order to be entitled to operate a light rail service in the territory. Clause 1 also clarifies that a person’s accreditation under the Rail Safety National Law must be as a rail transport operator operating a light rail service in the territory. These amendments mean that the requirement to be entitled to operate a light rail service in the territory will be accreditation under the Rail Safety National Law. The Rail Safety National Law provides the regulatory framework for the safety of the Australian railway industry and provides a comprehensive accreditation scheme for rail transport operators, with accreditation occurring on an annual basis. It is an offence under the Rail Safety National Law to carry out railway operations without accreditation under the national law.


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