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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 2 Hansard (19 February) . . Page.. 313 ..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

When the code was enacted last year the Assembly acknowledged that the bill it was enacting was only the first step towards codification of the ACT's criminal law and that the remaining principles of criminal responsibility would need to be considered at a later date. It had been hoped that there would be an opportunity to do this before the code commenced, but that has not been possible. The amendment to the code in part 3 of the bill will delay the code's commencement from 10 March 2002 until 1 January 2003. Between now and then the remaining principles of criminal responsibility will be incorporated and many existing offences will be redrafted in "code friendly" language.

Mr Speaker, my government remains committed to the criminal code project, and I can assure members that we will be working hard to see it through to completion as soon as possible. When finalised, the code will greatly enhance the transparency and accessibility of our criminal law, by ensuring that the elements of each defence and any applicable defences are clearly articulated in the legislation.

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

Appropriation Bill 2001-2002 (No 3)

Mr Quinlan , by leave, presented the bill, its explanatory memorandum and supplementary budget paper.

Title read by Clerk.

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming and Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Corrections) (10.45): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The bill provides for an increase in appropriation of $19.495 million dollars. Funding of $184,000 is provided for the establishment of an Office of Sustainability, to develop a sustainability policy framework which will identify sustainability criteria and parameters for the government.

Extra funding of $702,000 will be provided to the Chief Minister's Department to assist in meeting additional costs associated with the independent inquiry into disability services in the ACT and the extension of the length of this inquiry.

Funding has also been allocated to alleviate urgent budget pressures inherited from the budget brought down last year by the previous government.

Mr Speaker, $3.38 million will be allocated to the Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation. This funding is required as a result of:

  • prior year losses caused by events such as the 2001 GMC400 V8 car race and the Subaru Rally of Canberra; and

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