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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 June 2021) . . Page.. 1841 ..

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR HANSON: Scrutiny report No 6 contains the committee’s comments on one bill, 34 pieces of subordinate legislation and one government response. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Statement by chair

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (11.45): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety in its legislative scrutiny role. The scrutiny committee regularly reports on particular aspects of bills and subordinate legislation to inform the Assembly and to enable meaningful and fulsome debate before decisions are made. The committee often asks for government responses to comments made in its reports. However, the standing orders do not require government responses to scrutiny reports to be provided within a specific timeframe.

Although there have been instances in the past when responses have been provided after the bill has already passed, the committee notes that most responses are timely, and this is appreciated. To ensure the Assembly receives all relevant information prior to debating a bill, the committee reminds the government that it is most useful to provide responses before a bill is brought back for debate in the Assembly.

With regard to subordinate legislation, the committee asks that responses be provided by a specific date, being the last of the six sitting days from the tabling of the instrument in which the Assembly may choose to disallow the instrument. Report No 6, which was just tabled, contains two such instances where the committee has asked for responses to its comments on disallowable instruments which were tabled on 2 June 2021 and has requested that such responses be provided by 4 August 2021.

Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Amendment Bill 2021

Debate resumed from 13 May 2021 on motion by Mr Steel:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (11.46): The Canberra Liberals will support this amendment bill, which allows for the operation of mobile detection cameras. The bill intends to reduce serious accidents and ultimately to save lives on our roads, and I can safely say that we all stand as one in trying to achieve that goal. I fully appreciate that, with our busy lives and urgent work and family imperatives, it is extremely easy to inadvertently reach for the phone to answer a call or make a call or pass the phone to a passenger to answer the call for us. The act of handling the phone while driving may appear harmless to some, but it can have disastrous consequences, and while we would like to believe that individuals will do the right thing, it is not always the case.

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