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experienced more of when the crossbench did have some weight. Certainly it has been a wake-up call for me, and actually I think I am up to it. I have survived.

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 7

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 7, dated 6 April 2005.

I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.

Leave granted.


That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: This report contains the committee’s comments on one bill. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Crimes (Child Sex Offenders) Bill 2005

Mr Stanhope, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs) (11.41): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The purpose of the Crimes (Child Sex Offenders) Bill 2005 is to require certain offenders who commit sexual offences against children to keep police informed of their whereabouts and other personal details for a period of time, and to prevent registered sex offenders from working in child-related employment.

The bill provides for the establishment of a child sex offenders register. The intelligence information gathered through the registration process is to be used to assist government agencies to better manage offenders in the community and, in so doing, reduce the likelihood that offenders will reoffend. It will also help the investigation and prosecution

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