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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 4127 ..

MR QUINLAN (continuing):

I won't belabour the content of the bill. It is largely a machinery bill that improves existing processes. As Ms Dundas said-and my tabling speech said as well-it creates a balance between the rights of offenders and the rights of victims. That is essential, but it also has some practicalities in terms of the temporary incarceration of parole defaulters. I think therefore that it is an eminently practical bill and thank members for their support.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Criminal Code 2002

Detail stage

Clause 2.

Debate resumed.

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Affairs and Minister for Women) (4.46): I move Amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 3 at page 4186].

This is a minor technical amendment that will ensure that the amendments to the Territory Records Act 2002, which are in my amendment 14, will commence at the correct time. This amendment will not affect the commencement of other provisions of the bill.

MR STEFANIAK (4.47): The opposition will be supporting this amendment. I take this opportunity to comment on remarks Ms Dundas made at the in-principle stage. I did not want to seek leave to speak again at the time. She made some comments which showed that she was not quite aware what this bill is about. This bill is about legal principles and some new offences.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Relevance, Mr Stefaniak! We are now in the detail stage.

MR STEFANIAK: We are talking about a specific amendment. I can do it at the end before we agree to the bill as a whole. I take your point.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 2, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 3 to 7, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

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