Page 4716 - Week 15 - Tuesday, 13 December 2005

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Legal Affairs—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 20

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 20, dated 12 December 2005, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: Scrutiny report 20 contains the committee’s comments on four bills, 17 pieces of subordinate legislation, eight government responses and one private member’s response. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra): I seek leave to make a statement regarding a new inquiry.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: The Standing Committee on Legal Affairs has resolved to conduct an inquiry into and report on the application of absolute and strict liability to offences in ACT legislation, with particular reference to (a) the merit of making certain offences ones of absolute or strict liability; and (b) the criteria used to characterise an offence, or an element of an offence, as appropriate for absolute or strict liability. The committee expects to report by June 2006.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Totalcare Industries annual report 2004-2005

Motion (by Mr Corbell), by leave, agreed to:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 18 October 2005, relating to the referral of Annual and Financial Reports 2004-05, be amended by inserting Totalcare to the reports referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts with Mr Quinlan (Treasurer) as the responsible Minister.

Administration (Interstate Agreements) Repeal Bill 2005

Debate resumed from 22 November 2005, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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