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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 13 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4785 ..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

Fair Trading Act 1992: currently section 41 (5) of the Fair Trading Act refers to sections 180, 182 and 183 of the Crimes Act which, following the introduction of the criminal code 2002, no longer exist. Accordingly, section 41 (5) of the Fair Trading Act is being removed, together with reference to the ancillary provisions in subsection 41 (1).

Magistrates Court (Civil Jurisdiction) Act 1982: this amendment corrects a technical error in section 461 of the Magistrates Court (Civil Jurisdiction) Act 1982.

Protection Orders Act 2001: section 33 of the Protection Orders Act requires the respondent to be personally served with a copy of a protection order made by the Magistrates Court. The purpose of personal service is to ensure that the person upon whom the order is served is aware of both the existence of the order and the consequences of a failure to comply with the order. Personal service should not be necessary if the respondent was before the court when the order was made, as the magistrate has explained the order to the parties. The bill amends the requirement for personal service on the respondent to provide that personal service may be dispensed with where the respondent is before the court when the order is made, varied or revoked. Personal service will only be retained where the order is ex parte.

Security Industry Act 2003: it was envisaged from the outset that decisions made regarding the regulation of the security industry would be reviewable by the newly established Consumer and Trader Tribunal. The amendment will put in place the technical requirements necessary for decisions made under the Security Industry Act to be reviewable under the Consumer and Trader Tribunal Act.

Mr Speaker, I commend the Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill to the Assembly.

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

First Home Owner Grant Amendment Bill 2003

Mr Quinlan , pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.

Title read by clerk.

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming) (10.39): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, the First Home Owner Grant Amendment Bill makes two main amendments to the First Home Owner Grant Act 2000. Firstly, it restricts the circumstances in which a first home owner grant may be paid to applicants who are under 18 years of age. Secondly, it introduces a six-month residence period that applicants must satisfy for entitlement to the grant.

The grant was introduced as part of the introduction of the GST, in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement on Commonwealth/State financial relations. The payment of the grant is administered on a common basis by states and territories under their own

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