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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (7 August) . . Page.. 2502 ..

MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

I commend the legislation to the Assembly, and I thank members for their comments.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education and Attorney-General) (4.55): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to formally move amendments 1 to 12 circulated in my name together.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: I move my amendments 1 to 5 [see schedule 5 at page 2509]. The circulated government amendments are all technical in nature. The main purpose of the amendments is to facilitate the operation of the legislation register. The desirability of these amendments became apparent during the development of the supporting computer systems for the electronic legislation register established by the Legislation Act 2001.

The overall purpose of the amendments is to simplify the operation of the register and ensure an appropriate level of access to legislation for users, especially people with visual disabilities. Authorised versions of the legislation will be available as PDF (portable document format) files. However, HTML (hypertext markup language) versions will also be available, because they can be read by most screen reader software used by people with visual disabilities.

A more detailed explanation of the effect of all the amendments is set out under the "General" heading in the explanatory statement to the amendments.

Work on the computer systems for the Legislation Act 2001 is well advanced, and it is expected that it will be possible to commence the act in September.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Leave of absence to member

Motion (by Mr Rugendyke ) agreed to:

That leave of absence for Wednesday, 8 August 2001 be given to Mr Osborne.

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