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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 11 Hansard (30 November) . . Page.. 3472 ..


BILL 2000

Mr Humphries , pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs, Attorney-General and Treasurer) (10.47): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I seek leave to have my presentation speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows:

Mr Speaker, this is the fourth Bill in a series of bills dealing with legislation within the justice and community safety portfolio. As with previous portfolio bills, the opportunity has also been taken to revise and simplify the legislation being amended.

Substantive changes will overcome difficulties in administering some portfolio laws. For example:

� amendments to the Sale of Motor Vehicles Act will enable a broader range of matters to be taken into account when considering the suitability of a market participant. The existing cumbersome system of inquiries is to be replaced by a streamlined "show cause" process.

� amendments to the Second Hand Dealers and Collectors Act will remove a number of archaic business rules and permit regulations be made to ensure that this market does not become an outlet for organised crime.

Other amendments will provide improve the regulatory systems for both industry and consumers:

a number of refinements are made to trade measurement legislation which will, for example, remove the need for each person in a small business to seek a service licence and require sale by weight to exclude the weight of any packaging.

amendments to the Liquor Act will permit licence fees to be paid by instalment.

Finally a number of amendments have been included to clarify or rectify problems in the law:

the Children and Young People Act 1999 is amended to provide that it is an offence to publish an account or report of the proceedings if that publication discloses the identity of the child or young person or a family member or allows the identity of any of those people to be worked out (unfortunately, this provision was inadvertently omitted during the drafting of the current Act).

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