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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 3829 ..

The Assembly voted-

 	Ayes, 9  			Noes, 8

 Mrs Burke  	Mr Osborne  	Mr Berry  	Mr Stanhope
 Mr Cornwell  	Mr Smyth  	Mr Corbell  	Ms Tucker
 Mr Hird  	Mr Stefaniak  	Mr Hargreaves  	Mr Wood
 Mr Humphries    		Mr Quinlan
 Mr Kaine    			Mr Rugendyke  
 Mr Moore  
Question so 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) (8.07): I ask for leave to move the eight amendments circulated in my name together.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: I move the eight amendments circulated in my name [see schedule 4 at page 3909].

I do not think these amendments are terribly controversial. I also seek leave to incorporate in Hansard my speaking notes on those amendments, which will save us a little bit of time.

Leave granted.

The speaking notes read as follows:

Separate Domestic Violence legislation-Government Amendments 1 & 8

One of the issues of concern that has been raised is the fact that the domestic violence orders have been incorporated with legislation that covers protection orders generally.

I understand that the concern is that this may lead to the community losing some focus on domestic violence.

The reason for combining the domestic violence orders legislation with the restraining orders legislation in the Bill was to achieve consistency in what is essentially the same process.

Both the Domestic Violence Act and part 10 of the Magistrates Court Act essentially deal with the same thing - the protection of people from violence-and there is no logical reason for having two separate, slightly different, processes for obtaining an order under each.

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