Page 99 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 12 February 2008

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MR STANHOPE: This amendment inserts a new part 4 (3A), including clauses 191 to 193B. These amendments were proposed as a response to comments provided by the scrutiny of bills committee. These relate to the civil penalty provisions of the bill. They have been replaced with a less onerous and more flexible scheme. The provisions in the original bill were adopted directly from the New South Wales legislation, but in the light of comments made by the scrutiny of bills committee, the government accepts that there was room for the New South Wales provisions to be improved. These amendments essentially represent recommendations of the scrutiny of bills committee.

Amendment agreed to.

Clauses 191 to 193, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 194 to 265, by leave, taken together.

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) (5.42): I move amendment No 21 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 112].

Amendment agreed to.

Clauses 194 to 265, as amended, agreed to.

Proposed new clause 265A.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (5.43): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 4 at page 121] to insert a new clause 265A.

In proposing this amendment, I have always considered it an essential component of public policy implementation that appropriate reviews are made of policies to ensure their effectiveness and efficiency or otherwise, particularly with a matter that is as important to the community as third party insurance is.

The nub of this is that it will look at how effective the scheme has been in reducing premiums, and, secondly, given that this bill is to align the current scheme with schemes in New South Wales and Queensland in particular, it will look at whether or not any advances in their legislation have occurred and whether or not they should be included in our scheme.

I note that Dr Foskey will amend this, and I foreshadow that I am quite happy to include what Dr Foskey has foreshadowed, in that it will also look at the effectiveness of delivery on the recovery of those injured in motor vehicle accidents.

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (5.44): I move my amendment No 1 to Mr Smyth’s amendment [see schedule 5 at page 121].

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