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Tuesday 8 March 2005

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional owners, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 4

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra): I present the following report:

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)—Scrutiny Report 4, dated 7 March 2005, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings

MR STEFANIAK: I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: This report contains the committee’s comments on eight bills, 32 pieces of subordinate legislation and one government response. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. The regulation part consists of about 12 pages. Might I formally welcome on board Mr Stephen Argument, who will be assisting the committee. I think that is a great step forward. We have already had, for many years, the excellent services of Peter Bayne, and Stephen Argument has now come on board.

There is a very detailed report in relation to the subordinate legislation. He has picked up a number of problems—many minor ones but problems nevertheless—which I would certainly commend the government and its agencies to have a good look at. Might I formally welcome Mr Argument on board—and I commend the report to the Assembly.

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Enforcement) Amendment Bill 2004

Debate resumed from 9 December 2004, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra) (10.33): Since 2003 there has been a single set of classification guidelines for both films and computer games. Some months ago the relevant commonwealth, state and territory censorship ministers met and came up with the current national classification code. The national classification code is established under commonwealth legislation. Decisions in relation to particular films are made by the commonwealth Office of Film and Literature Classification. The states and territories are responsible for the enforcement of classification decisions in relation to films, computer games and publications. Hence you will see, in this piece of legislation, quite a large number of provisions relating to what people can and cannot do, and indeed penalty provisions as well for people who do the wrong thing.

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