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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 10 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 3165 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

Finally, all references to "serious harm" in the section will be replaced by references to "harm". As I mentioned before, the requirement that the harm suffered or feared be "serious" is unnecessary-harm of itself should be sufficient.

Mr Speaker, these amendments have been developed in consultation with the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Legal Aid Office and the Courts. The proposed new section 34A is a balanced and workable provision that will operate in conjunction with the existing civil regime of restraining and protection orders to provide stalking victims with the proper and necessary level of protection.

I commend the Bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Quinlan ) adjourned.


Mr Humphries , on behalf of the Attorney-General, presented the bill and its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Acting Clerk.

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister) (11.29): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I ask for leave to have the presentation speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows:

This Bill provides for the introduction of electronic voting and voting counting for ACT Legislative Assembly elections.

After the last election the Electoral Commissioner undertook to investigate possibilities for the introduction of electronic voting (E-voting) and vote counting. As a result of these investigations the Commissioner recommended to the Government that electronic voting and vote counting be introduced for the 2001 ACT election.

The Government supports that recommendation.

It is anticipated that for the 2001 ACT election E-voting will be provided in a secure environment at pre-poll centres and a limited number of polling places on polling day. Voters at those polling places will be able to cast their vote using a computer. Paper ballots will also be available for those electors who do not wish to vote electronically.

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