Page 66 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 12 February 2008

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MR STANHOPE: For the information of members I table revised administrative arrangements that commenced on 22 December 2007 which relate to the transfer of certain responsibilities from the Attorney-General to the Minister for Children and Young People under the Children and Young People Act. The changes are made to address possible legal implications in the area of youth justice from the incorrect allocation of certain young offender provisions in the act. Some other minor changes were made to reflect the passage of new acts, repeal of old acts and the renaming of the Tertiary Accreditation and Registration Act 2003 as the Training and Tertiary Education Act 2003.

Legislation program—2008

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Minister for the Arts): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Legislation Program 2008, dated February 2008

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I am pleased to present the government’s 2008 legislation program. As this parliamentary year will be shortened by the October election, there will be only one government legislation program covering both the autumn and spring sittings.

For 2008 the program will continue to consolidate important reforms already put in place by the government and also implement additional new policy initiatives to take the territory even further forward. In doing so, it will address some of the key challenges currently faced by Canberra, such as climate change and housing affordability, while other measures will aim to improve our quality of life, to provide equality of opportunity and to overcome social disadvantage.

Time will only allow me to comment briefly on some of the legislation that the government will introduce in 2008. Firstly, the government will keep its focus on maintaining good and sustainable budget policies and measures and facilitating clarity, transparency and improved processes of government. In this regard, the 2008-09 appropriation bill will be central to the government’s legislative and financial agenda. It will provide appropriation to administrative units for the 2008-09 financial year and will be presented in May.

A number of legislative changes are to be proposed that will improve and strengthen processes. To add to transparency and accountability, the government will introduce a replacement Public Interest Disclosure Bill that will repeal and replace the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1994. As well as clarifying procedures for disclosures, it will also give better compliance and provide more accessible protection.

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