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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 3 December 2020) . . Page.. 126 ..


this matter when determining a person’s admission to the legal profession, or when they grant or renew a practising certificate.

The bill will also provide an amendment which requires the relevant law councils in the territory to remove information about a person from their registers of disciplinary action where the person is deceased. Through these improvements, there will be additional safeguards for the community against dishonest legal practitioners, and safeguards which protect the integrity of and public confidence in the territory’s legal profession.

I will also briefly mention several other important amendments in the bill to introduce a 30-day survivorship clause in cases of intestacy under the Wills Act 1968; remove legal impediments for the Public Trustee and Guardian to establish a wills bank in the future under the Public Trustee and Guardian Act 1985; make changes to the Crimes (Sentence Administration) Act 2005 and the Mental Health Act 2015 to reflect the relocation of the affected person and youth justice victims registers from the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Community Services Directorate to the Director-General of the Justice and Community Safety Directorate; and update and clarify references and definitions in the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, the Retirement Villages Regulation 2013 and the Security Industry Regulation 2003.

I am pleased to say that this bill is compatible with human rights and will, in fact, promote a number of rights. I am confident that the amendments in this bill will improve the effective administration and operation of the laws in the territory, and I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Ms Lee) adjourned to the next sitting.

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2020

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction) (10.14): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 to the Legislative Assembly. This bill will amend four existing acts to make minor but valuable improvements to legislation that support our criminal justice system.

Firstly, the bill will amend the Confiscation of Criminal Assets Act. This act was amended earlier this year to introduce an unexplained wealth scheme. Under this scheme the court can make an unexplained wealth restraining order. This type of order prevents a person from disposing of their assets if there are reasonable grounds


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