Page 11 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 12 February 2008

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MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.00): Mr Acting Speaker, I am not aware that the opposition have foreshadowed these changes to the resolution regarding general standing committees. I would ask Mrs Burke if she could explain what the purpose of these amendments is, because they have not been foreshadowed with the government.

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (11.00): It is very difficult for those of us who have never seen this motion and certainly do not have the original motion that it is amending before us to discuss this in any constructive fashion. At the very least, I would move that this debate be adjourned and that the relevant documentation be circulated so that we can discuss it and know that we are all on the same page. I would move that the debate be adjourned.

MR ACTING SPEAKER: Dr Foskey, you have risen to debate the existing motion; you cannot move that this debate be adjourned. The question is that the question be agreed to.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to a later hour this day.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee


Motion (by Mr Corbell) agreed to:

That Dr Foskey be discharged from the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure and that Mr Mulcahy be appointed in her place.

Crimes Amendment Bill 2008

Mr Corbell, by leave, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.03): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CORBELL: Today I am introducing the Crimes Amendment Bill 2008. The bill I introduce today is in direct response to concerns raised with me by the Chief Police Officer late last year. The Chief Police Officer believes that it would be useful for his officers to deal with some of the most minor of offences by way of infringement notices.

The bill lays the ground work for an infringement notice scheme for a suite of street offences. Regulations pursuant to part 3.8 of the Magistrates Court Act 1930 will implement the necessary machinery for the issue of infringement notices under the Crimes Act and the Liquor Act.

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