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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (15 June) . . Page.. 1810 ..

MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

or exits Australia, it may also pass through the jurisdiction of a number of States and Territories, making effective enforcement of classification requirements untenable.

International carriers transiting Australian airspace are most likely to commit an offence by:

screening new release films which, though entirely fit for general consumption, have yet to be classified in Australia; or

screening classified films which have been edited to correspond with the length of a journey.

As international carriers have their own classification systems in place, the implications of any breaches are unlikely to be serious in terms of exposing passengers-particularly children-to unsuitable entertainment. Exempting international carriers from classification requirements during the relatively short period they spend in Australian territory will, therefore, in no way undermine the integrity of the national scheme.

Existing classification requirements will continue to apply on domestic flights.

The Bill will remove the requirement that Category 1 Restricted publications be sold in a sealed package, provided that sale or delivery occurs in a restricted publications area. This is considered appropriate given that minors cannot enter or see into the interior of these premises.

Under the present scheme, computer games cannot be sold unless they bear appropriate markings and consumer advice. The Bill sensibly extends this requirement to computer games which are made available on a "pay and play" basis, such as arcade games.

The Bill contains a number of further provisions which will allow minor and more technical amendments to the Commonwealth Act to be enforced.

Schedule 1 to Bill also contains amendments that alter the style of the principal Act, which reflect an ongoing process by the Parliamentary Counsel's Office to modernise the layout and language of all ACT statutes.

I commend the Bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stanhope ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2001

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

Title read by Clerk

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education and Attorney-General) (10.45): Mr Speaker, today I am pleased to present the Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2001. This bill will greatly assist in the fight against crime in this territory. It amends a number of acts dealing with law enforcement and the criminal justice system to enable that they operate more effectively.

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