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discipline powers of ACAT, this tribunal is an appropriate body for the administrative review of decisions made under part 5.4 of the CTP act in relation to insurer regulatory provisions. This bill makes the necessary technical amendments to the CTP act to allow ACAT to deal with matters under part 5.4 of the act to allow occupational disciplinary orders to be pursued in lieu of prosecutions.

Finally, the government is also taking the opportunity to include in this amendment bill the transfer of transitional regulations under the new CTP legislation to the Road Transport (Public Passenger Services) Act 2001. The provisions to be transferred to that act relate to public passenger services. For insurance purposes, these services encompass a different character of issues to those dealt with under CTP insurance and, as such, it is considered appropriate that they should now be permanently placed within the Road Transport (Public Passenger Services) Act 2001.

Mr Speaker, this amendment bill finetunes the new CTP insurance scheme that came into effect in 2008 and is consistent with the new scheme’s objective of providing improved outcomes for ACT motorists generally and, in particular, for all parties involved in motor accidents. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth) adjourned to the next sitting.

Children and Young People Amendment Bill 2009

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Planning and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation) (10.08): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to table before the Assembly the Children and Young People Amendment Bill 2009, proposing an amendment to the Children and Young People Act 2008. The Children and Young People Act 2008 was passed by the Assembly on 1 July last year and notified on 17 July 2008. The new act introduced new provisions for the employment of children and young people in the ACT. The act provided for the making of employment standards, work experience standards, regulations regarding “light work” and a declaration on high risk employment.

Many children, young people, families and businesses benefit from work undertaken by children and young people. For many children and young people, work brings independence, self-esteem, money, skills and friendships. For employers, work by children and young people derives economic benefits. The future direction of the legislation is to encourage employment within a best interests and safe framework for children and young people.

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