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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 16 September 2021) . . Page.. 2661 ..


purposes, such as direct marketing. Further, the offence provisions in the bill would prohibit the use of check-in information by anyone other than an authorised person or an authorised collector for the limited purpose of disclosing check-in information to an authorised person in accordance with a public health check-in requirements emergency direction and deal with failing to take reasonable steps to protect check-in information that is held by an authorised collector or failing to take reasonable steps to destroy check-in information that is held by an authorised collector at the end of the contact tracing period, which is 28 days from collection, or another period prescribed by regulation unless the information is actually required for contact tracing purposes or to investigate a breach of the direction.

The government’s compliance and enforcement agencies will continue to engage with businesses and undertakings to inform them of the new offences prior to commencement 30 days after the passage of the bill. They will also continue to engage with them more broadly around compliance and enforcement matters.

I want to thank the Canberra community for embracing the use of the Check In CBR app and for their continued efforts in complying with public health directions and advice. That protects all of us, including those who are most vulnerable in our community. The bill provides another layer of surety and reassurance for individuals who are using the Check In CBR app whose information could identify where they have been.

I flag that I have a very minor government amendment to the bill. As Mrs Jones indicated, she was briefed on it earlier in the week. I will be seeking leave to move this minor and technical amendment and I will speak to it very briefly when the time comes.

I again thank everyone for participating in the debate. I sincerely thank Mrs Jones for her careful consideration of this bill. While we will not be supporting her amendments, I am glad that she tabled my letter; I was going to table it if she did not. In the interests of time, I will avoid going through the detailed reasoning as to why we are not accepting the opposition’s amendments. But I did think it was important to address Ms Lee’s comments on the first proposed amendment and part of the reason why that amendment is not supported.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Clauses 1 to 4, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 5.

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (5.33): I seek leave to move amendments to this bill that have not been considered by the scrutiny committee.


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