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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 4 August 2021) . . Page.. 2269 ..


Regulation, the Health (National Health Funding Pool and Administration) Act, the Planning and Development Regulation, the Utilities Act and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

Introducing this bill will allow the government to make the necessary changes to references to COAG in ACT legislation as soon as possible, and reduce any potential legal risks posed by these outdated references. The bill has been drafted to include more flexible amendments, which will allow changes to the names of national and interjurisdictional ministerial-level forums over time, and I am sure that this will occur; these names can and do change from government to government, parliament to parliament. This bill will allow this to occur in the future without the need for subsequent legislative amendments like the one I am moving today.

Transitional arrangements have also been added to the bill to include the Health (National Health Funding Pool and Administration) Act 2013 and the Utilities Act 2000. These arrangements are to ensure that any decisions made by COAG, National Cabinet or the National Federation Reform Council, as well as the standing council or any health ministers meetings, have effect after the act commences. In response to the Conran review recommendations—the review that was commissioned by national cabinet—all states, territories and the commonwealth will conduct their own legislative reviews and make similar amendments to state, territory and commonwealth legislation over the coming months. These amendments will provide a necessary update to relevant legislation.

I believe doing it this way will support greater efficiency in the future by effectively futureproofing references to national governing bodies, if and when there are subsequent changes to the federal relations architecture in the months and years ahead. This will ensure that ACT legislation remains current and relevant and therefore I commend this dull but worthy bill to the Assembly.

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

COVID-19 Emergency Response Legislation (Check-in Information) Amendment Bill 2021

Ms Stephen-Smith, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (11.18): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Legislation (Check-in Information) Amendment Bill 2021 proposes a set of amendments to strengthen privacy protections applying to personal information collected through the Check In CBR app.


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