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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (22 April) . . Page.. 1132 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

requirement for the tribunal to determine whether a person subject to a tribunal has the capacity to consent to an order before making an order; and a process to follow where a person contravenes a mental health order.

The Bill marks the further evolution of our mental health laws as well as providing evidence of the Government's commitment to provide better services to people with mental health issues. The Bill is consistent with the move to more community-based mental health services and the need to ensure the protection of the rights of the mentally ill or mentally dysfunctional. The Bill complements the Crimes (Amendment) Bill 1999, which was presented earlier today by the Attorney-General.

The review of the Mental Health Act launched in March 1997 also recommended a number of changes to the approach of the criminal justice system to persons with a mental illness or a mental dysfunction. These are detailed in the Crimes (Amendment) Bill 1999. A number of amendments to the Mental Health Act are required as a consequence of those amendments to the Crimes Act. I commend this Bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Wood ) adjourned.



MS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (11.00): Mr Speaker, I move:


(1) a Select Committee on Estimates 1999-2000 be appointed to examine the expenditure proposals contained in the Appropriation Bill 1999-2000 and any revenue estimates proposed by the Government in the 1999 Budget, and the Annual and Financial Reports for the financial year 1998-99;

(2) the Committee be composed of:

(a) one Member to be nominated by the Government;

(b) two Members to be nominated by the Opposition; and

(c) two Members to be nominated by either the Independent Members or the ACT Greens;

to be notified in writing to the Speaker by 4.00 pm on Thursday, 22 April 1999.

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