Page 3201 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 18 August 2009

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Each individual amendment is minor, but when viewed collectively they are a significant contribution to improving the operation of the affected legislation and the statute book generally. For example, inserting a provision in the Environment Protection Act 1997 to automatically expire certain notices once they have served their purpose will mean notices appearing under the “current” heading on the legislation register will be truly current. The expired notices will instead appear under the “repealed” heading on the legislation register.

Similarly, the repeal by schedule 4 of a number of notifiable instruments under the Environment Protection Act 1997 that have served their purpose and are no longer needed will mean those instruments will no longer appear under the “current” heading on the legislation register and will instead appear under the “repealed” heading. The overall effect of both these changes will be to make it easier to access truly current instruments on the legislation register. As Mr Rattenbury has indicated, that will be of some considerable benefit to members of this place and the broader community.

The amendments to the Legislation Act ensure that the overall structure of the statute book is cohesive and consistent and kept up-to-date with best practice. In particular, extending the application of section 60 to statutory instruments included on the register under section 19(3) will ensure that the naming conventions for legislative instruments apply also to this additional material.

I would like to express my ongoing appreciation for members’ continuing support for the technical amendments program. It is a good example of the territory leading the way and striving for the best—in this case, a modern, high-quality, up-to-date, easily accessible statute book. I would also like to add my vote of thanks for the work of the officers of the parliamentary counsel’s office. Their professional and diligent activities are such that we have one of the best and most modern statute books in the country, and I thank them for their ongoing work. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.10 to 2 pm.

Questions without notice

Gaming—sale of Labor clubs

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Treasurer and relates to the potential breaches of the gaming act by members of the Labor Party. Treasurer, in segments of a letter sent by the president of the Labor Club and published in the Canberra Times, the president says:

Under the Gaming Machine Act the board of directors of the Canberra Labor Club Group Limited are required to have control of the company. If it can be

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