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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 11 February 2021) . . Page.. 446 ..


quickly to deliver this outcome and provide certainty to businesses in Fyshwick and surrounding residents. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2020

Debate resumed from 3 December 2020, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (10.53): This amendment bill has been appropriately described as not significant. However, the number of pieces of legislation it affects demonstrates that it, nevertheless, is of some importance. There are numerous minor changes to 17 acts and regulations, some as a consequence of COVID emergency response legislation, and others to correct numbering, definitions and other incidental matters.

I do not propose to go through each act other than to note one issue raised in the scrutiny of bills committee’s report No 1, 2021, in relation to amendments to the Legal Profession Act 2006. The changes to this act allow the inclusion of a suitability matter and show cause event for the purposes of deciding whether a person is a fit and proper person to be admitted to the territory legal profession or to hold a local practising certificate. The scrutiny report suggests that these changes may be cause to consideration under the Human Rights Act.

The committee makes the same comment in respect of the Guardianship and Management of Property Act 1991 and the Powers of Attorney Act 2006. I would welcome the attorney’s response to these comments. The Canberra Liberals have no issues to raise either in respect of this omnibus bill or the proposed amendments.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction) (10.55), in reply: I am pleased to close the debate today on the Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2020. This omnibus bill makes many amendments, primarily across justice and community safety legislation and regulations. The need for the amendments has been identified through direct consultation with government directorates and agencies, and the legal community. As a result of this consultation, the bill will make minor, technical or non-controversial amendments which improve the administration and operation of the territory’s laws. Importantly, many of these amendments engage and promote human rights.


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