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This government is committed to ensuring that Canberrans have access to safe, secure and affordable housing and is pleased to continue assisting the Australian government in providing boost payments to first-home buyers. The boost, together with a range of initiatives introduced by this government, is helping to meet the housing needs of our diverse community and making housing more affordable in the ACT.

In 2008-09, this government is proud to have provided approximately 3,000 first-home owner grants to first-home buyers and stamp duty concessions to around 2,000 homebuyers. In addition, there are concessions for pensioners moving to more appropriate housing, a deferred duty scheme for eligible homebuyers and land rent options—all designed to help more Canberrans find a place to call home.

This government is continuing to build on its commitment to improve housing options for all Canberrans, and the bill provides the necessary legislative amendments to implement the terms and conditions that the Australian government has set for the continued administration of the boost.

I commend the First Home Owner Grant Amendment Bill (No 2) to the Assembly.

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

Crimes (Assumed Identities) Bill 2009

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.05): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Crimes (Assumed Identities) Bill 2009 builds upon the government’s commitment to provide ACT Policing with modern tools to dismantle organised crime.

An assumed identity is a false identity that is used by a police officer or authorised civilian to investigate an offence or gather intelligence. Assumed identities provide protection for undercover operatives engaged in serious criminal investigations and in infiltrating organised crime groups.

The bill will work in synergy with the government’s controlled operations law. The combination of the laws will enhance the ability of the police to involve themselves covertly in organised crime, under strict operational control, to gain evidence and intelligence about criminal behaviour.

The bill creates a statutory framework for the authorisation of assumed identities. Authorisation for creating and using an assumed identity can only be made by the

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