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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (17 February) . . Page.. 276 ..

MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

Mr Hird put in his dissenting report. It was taken on board and it was published. We have had information fed back to the committee a dozen times saying that the Government is not happy with this, not happy with that or not happy with something else. The Chief Magistrate was not happy with it, but overall everybody who came before the committee realised that for the protection of our kids we ought to go with it. I urge this Assembly to stop messing around, to stop talking any further and to just vote on the thing and have it passed.

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

MR OSBORNE (6.18): I move:

Page 2, line 10, proposed section 20, add the following subsection:

"(3) A magistrate shall be designated to be the Childrens Court Magistrate for a period of not less than 3 years.".

The amendment sets the timeframe. There was some concern when the Bill was initially tabled that it did not stipulate how long the magistrate was to be in that position. The amendment clarifies that. The second amendment I will move relates to the deputy Children's Court magistrate. I commend the amendments to the Assembly.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment (by Mr Osborne) agreed to:

Page 2, line 10, after proposed section 20 insert the following section:

"20AA. Deputy Childrens Court Magistrate

`(1) The Chief Magistrate shall, by instrument, designate a magistrate (other than the Childrens Court Magistrate) to be the Deputy Childrens Court Magistrate.

`(2) An instrument under subsection (1) may designate the Chief Magistrate to be the Deputy Childrens Court Magistrate.

`(3) Where a person is designated under subsection (1) -

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