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I am still concerned that these laws may have some consequences for freedom of speech. Many political events such as rallies and lectures are advertised through the distribution of posters. Severely restricting this form of postering limits the ability of these organisations to have successful events and participate in public debate.

It is disappointing that the Human Rights Commission’s submission came to the committee so late in the piece. Their thorough report highlights a number of concerns from a freedom of expression point of view. I think it would be worth while for all members to review their submission and take their views into account before voting on this bill. Given the stage of deliberations the committee was at, it was impossible for us as a committee to give due consideration to the issues the commission raised. However, I am grateful to receive the submission prior to our taking a vote on the proposed legislation.

I support recommendations 1 to 6 as they are about making sure the government takes a proactive stance to encourage the use of community noticeboards. Active participation in our community by Canberrans should be encouraged. I hope the government will take on these recommendations, regardless of whether the bill is passed or not. I look forward to seeing the government’s response to the committee and to any recommendations and amendments the government proposes.

I would like to thank my colleagues Mary Porter and Caroline Le Couteur for the constructive working relationship. I would also like to extend my thanks to Nicola Derigo for her diligent and professional approach as the committee’s secretary.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Privileges—Select Committee


Motion (by Ms Hunter), by leave, agreed to:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 16 June 2009 that established the Select Committee on Privileges be amended by omitting the words “on 18 August 2009” and substituting “by 27 August 2009”.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 9

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.34): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)—Scrutiny Report 9—2009 Australia-New Zealand Scrutiny of Legislation Conference, dated 10 August 2009.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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