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I turn to implementation of the Court Procedures Act 2004. In addition to the amendments I have just mentioned, there are a number of technical amendments contained within the bill that have been drafted to enable the implementation process for the Court Procedures Act 2004 and the facilitation of the development of the Court Procedures Rules 2006. The process aims to streamline and make uniform court procedures that occur incidentally in many pieces of legislation. This bill has identified many of these incidental provisions found in a variety of legislation and has amended and relocated them to the Court Procedures Act.

These amendments are to the Administration and Probate Act 1929, the Business Names Act 1963, the Children and Young People Act 1999, the Confiscation of Criminal Assets Act 2003, the Coroners Act 1997, the Evidence Act 1971, the Evidence Regulation 1992, the Magistrates Court (Civil Jurisdiction) Rules 2004, the Magistrates Court Act 1930, the Supreme Court Act 1933, and the Supreme Court Rules 1937.

Mr Speaker, I commend the Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2005 (No 3) to the Assembly.

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

Statute Law Amendment Bill 2005 (No 2)

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) (10.49): I move

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, this bill makes statute law revision amendments to ACT legislation under guidelines for the technical amendments program approved by the government. The bill makes amendments that are minor or technical and non-controversial. They are generally insufficiently important to justify the presentation of separate legislation in each case and inappropriate to make as editorial amendments in the process of republishing legislation under the Legislation Act 2001.

However, the bill serves the important purpose of improving the overall quality of the ACT statute book so that out laws are kept up to date and are easier to find, read and understand. A well-maintained statute book significantly enhances access to ACT legislation and it is a very practical measure to give effect to the principle that members of the community have a right to know the laws that affect them.

The enhancement of the ACT statute book through the technical amendments program is also a process of modernisation. For example, laws need to be kept up to date to reflect ongoing technological and societal change. Also, as the ACT statute book has been created from various jurisdictional sources over a long period, it reflects the various

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