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The bill makes changes to the Regulatory Services Legislation Amendment Act 2008 as part of the amendments to the Door-to-Door Trading Act. This amendment would clarify that the Door-to-Door Trading Act applies to all consumers in the ACT, whether those consumers are returning an unsolicited message by telephone or have received an unsolicited telephone call.

The bill makes an amendment to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1995 to remove the position of “president of the human rights commission” from the Remuneration Tribunal’s determination schedule. Because there is no position of president of the human rights commission, it is unnecessary for the Remuneration Tribunal to determine remuneration for that position.

The amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 is a minor clarification with respect to fixed-term tenancies under the Residential Tenancies Act. It clarifies the way in which the rent increase provisions apply during the term of a fixed-term tenancy.

Finally, changes are proposed to the Supreme Court Act 1933 to amend the provisions for retirement of the master of the court on grounds of invalidity, similar to the amendment introduced for the Magistrates Court retirement provisions. This adds flexibility to retirement provisions without altering or limiting the existing arrangements by allowing for members of superannuation schemes other than those already identified in the act to be retired.

I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Animal Diseases Amendment Bill 2009

Debate resumed from 5 May 2009, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (10.20), in reply: Mr Speaker, before closing the debate through this speech, I do draw members’ attention to the legal affairs committee’s report on the bill. The committee made some quite extensive and very valuable comments in relation to the bill and made some useful suggestions to clarify aspects of the explanatory statement to the bill. As a result of the legal affairs committee’s report, a revised explanatory statement has been prepared for the bill, which I now table. It does pick up the recommendations made by the committee. I thank the legal affairs committee for its deliberations and their comments on the bill.

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