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Assembly—I will ensure that officers from my department are available to brief every Assembly member on the key policy considerations and provide any necessary advice that members may wish to have.

I would like to acknowledge the efforts of my colleague Simon Corbell and the Department of Justice and Community Safety. This bill is the simplified version, once JACS got involved. Their cooperation with DHCS has significantly improved the bill overall, and I acknowledge their input. I also acknowledge the enormous community input that has been involved in putting this bill together. This has occurred over the last four years. Many community organisations and community members have provided input into this legislation.

I would also like to specifically acknowledge, in the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services, Fiona McIntosh, Angela Buchanan—who has spent the last four years working on this piece of legislation—and, in the past, Adam Stankevicius, who did not survive the legislation before he moved on, and recently Meredith Whitten. I also acknowledge in my office Garrett Purtill, who has been living and breathing this legislation for the last four years.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2008

Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, 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) (10.53): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2008 is the 18th bill in a series of bills dealing with legislation within the Justice and Community Safety portfolio. This bill makes minor and technical amendments to portfolio legislation. The bill I am introducing today makes the following amendments to the following acts.

Minor amendments have been made to sections 41A to 41D of the Administration and Probate Act 1929 to remove inappropriate references to people who have died before, on or after 1 January 1966. The bill also amends a number of other sections throughout the act which refer inconsistently to duties and powers which have been replaced with the term “function”, which is defined in the Legislation Act 2001 as including authority, duty and power.

The bill amends sections 39 and 40 of the Crimes (Restorative Justice) Act 2004 to facilitate a better process for the appointment and assignment of convenors to undertake restorative justice. Currently, the act allows the chief executive to appoint a

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