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MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: The time for this discussion has expired.

Terrorism (Extraordinary Temporary Powers) Bill 2006

[Cognate bill:
Terrorism (Preventative Detention) Bill 2006]

Debate resumed.

Mr Stefaniak: Mr Deputy Speaker, to close debate on—

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Stefaniak, you may need leave.

Mr Stefaniak: No. I have checked with the Speaker. I am closing debate on the Terrorism (Preventative Detention) Bill 2006.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Resume your seat, Mr Stefaniak. This is a cognate debate. You will need to seek leave to speak a second time. You cannot close the debate. You will have the opportunity, of course, in the detail stage to speak again. That is perhaps your best option.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Clauses 1 to 10, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 11.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra) (4.54): I seek leave to move amendments Nos 1 to 6 circulated in my name together.

Leave is granted.

MR STEFANIAK: I move amendments Nos 1 to 6 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 1423].

These amendments remove “children” and “child” from the bill and replace them with “people” or “person” under 16 years old. As I indicated earlier, the opposition’s bill, which we are yet to finalise and which the government has indicated it will vote against, would bring the ACT into line with New South Wales and, I think, every other jurisdiction.

One of the problems with the government’s bill is its lack of realisation and appreciation that people who are 16 or 17 years old are quite capable of committing horrendous offences. I will not go over the earlier in-principle debate because a number of speakers spoke most eloquently and accurately about why 16 and 17-year-olds should be included specifically when it comes to preventative detention of terrorists.

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