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The act had noble aims but, ultimately, it failed to achieve its potential due to its convoluted structure and approach. Consequently, the act should be repealed. The new measures that my government will introduce will maintain the Australian Capital Territory at the forefront of intergovernmental consultation in Australia. No Australian jurisdiction will provide as much information on executive intergovernmental agreement intention as will the ACT after these new measures have been enacted.

The people of the ACT and the principle of open government will be far better off as a result of what the government proposes today. I commend the bill to the Assembly and to all those members who are interested in open, transparent and accountable government.

Question put:

That the bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes, 8

Noes, 5

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Gentleman

Mr Quinlan

Mr Pratt

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Stanhope

Mr Smyth

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Statute Law Amendment Bill 2005 (No 2)

Debate resumed from 20 October 2005, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra) (11.04): The Chief Minister said that this bill, which will revise a number of statutes, deals with several issues. First, it provides for the making of minor and non-controversial amendments proposed by government departments and agencies. Parliamentary counsel proposed amendments to the Legislation Act to ensure that the overall structure of the statute book is cohesive and consistent and kept up to date with best practice.

Parliamentary counsel also proposed some technical amendments to correct minor typographical or clerical errors and to improve grammar and syntax. Finally, the bill also contains amendments to repeal redundant legislation. As is customary with bills of this nature—and this is the second bill we have had to deal with this year—sometimes there

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