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The committee has resolved, having regard to its own workload, the late stage of the life of the current Assembly and the significant planning component in the issues raised by the report, not to initiate an inquiry at this time. However, the committee believes that the issues raised by this report remain of significance to the future development of retail space in the ACT and that the committee responsible for planning matters in the next Assembly should consider giving priority to an inquiry into these issues.

Finally, in relation to the review of Auditor-General’s performance audit report No 3 of 2007 entitled Collection of fees and fines, on 25 June 2007 the report was referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for inquiry. The committee received a briefing from the Auditor-General in relation to the report on 12 September 2007. The committee did consider inquiring into this report but resolved that it did not warrant further inquiry.

Regulatory Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2007

Detail stage

Remainder of bill as a whole.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.39): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 808]. I table a supplementary explanatory statement to the amendment.

I foreshadowed this amendment during the in-principle stage of the debate. I outlined that, following further representations from motor traders in particular here in the ACT, it was recognised that, with respect to the current provisions of the act that provide for the seizure of a computer, if it is necessary for the purposes of an investigation to obtain data held on that computer, that was a facilitation provided for in this legislation. It was suggested by the Motor Traders Association that it would be equally reasonable if the data storage device rather than the computer itself could be seized. So the data could be obtained from the computer without the computer itself needing to be seized.

This was in response to concerns raised by motor traders that the seizure of the computer equipment itself could have a detrimental impact on business and that, if it was possible to obtain the data without needing to obtain and seize the computer itself or other equipment, that would be a preferable outcome. The government agrees with those representations, and that is why I have circulated this amendment, which outlines those provisions and provides for data to be obtained without the computer needing to be seized, if it is possible to do that.

Amendment agreed to.

Remainder of bill as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

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