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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 3084 ..

MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

the board can be addressed. These requirements will lend certainty in the management of a claims process.

I am happy to lend support to the bill, Mr Speaker.

MR HIRD (5.44): Mr Speaker, I have had a watching brief on this bill for some time, and I am delighted that it has finally come forward. The agents board became an agent for the then NCDC and later PALM in respect to the usage of premises. I have spoken many times in this place about local shopping centres which lay dormant. An agent would need to get approval in accordance with sections 48 and 49 of the Agents Act 1968, and that was pretty well impossible. I am delighted that this has finally come to the surface. It is pleasing that the opposition will be supporting the legislation. I commend the bill to the house.

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education and Attorney-General) (5.45), in reply: I thank members for their comments. I note that the scrutiny of bills and subordinate legislation committee has identified a minor drafting error in proposed new subsection 71ZA (3). It requires a full stop. That error, I understand, is being dealt with by a Clerks amendment.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Interim) Bill 2001

Debate resumed from 9 August 2001, on motion by Mr Stefaniak:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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

Tobacco Amendment Bill 2001

Debate resumed from 3 May 2001, on motion by Mr Moore:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CORBELL (5.47): Mr Speaker, whilst my colleague Mr Stanhope wends his way down to the chamber I will outline some of the key issues which the Labor Party is concerned about in relation to this bill. Before I do that, I think it is important to outline the approach the Labor Party has adopted in relation to tobacco over the past 11 years or so of self-government.

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