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can foreshadow that I would envisage the government agreeing to that recommendation. The advice I have is that it is consistent with the changes that are being envisaged to the Criminal Code in any event in relation to the maximum penalty, so that is something which the government believes it would be in a position to support. That will of course be confirmed in the government response.

I should also indicate that the government’s response will deal with the other issues outlined in the committee’s report. I note the comments in relation to sentencing and I note the comments in relation to a law reform review process. Those are issues the government will be happy to respond to in detail and I envisage the government will respond within the normal time frame, within three months of the committee’s report being tabled.

Remainder of bill as a whole agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Report 2

Debate resumed from 27 August 2009, on motion by Mrs Dunne:

That the report be noted.

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

Crimes (Assumed Identities) Bill 2009

Debate resumed from 20 August 2009, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (12.14): The opposition will be supporting this bill, which seeks to provide legislative authorisation for approved undercover law enforcement operations. These operations would use assumed identities and fictitious documentation and other evidence to combat organised crime and to work more efficiently in concert with other jurisdictions.

As noted in the explanatory memorandum, the bill will create a statutory framework for the authorisation of assumed identities; the lawful provision of fictitious documentation by relevant government and non-government entities; the lawful amendment of relevant records to support fictitious documentation; the protection of law enforcement officers, agencies and other authorised operatives from civil or criminal action arising from the lawful creation or use of assumed identities; the mutual recognition of laws in other corresponding jurisdictions; and compliance and monitoring of the use of assumed identities.

I note too that the FOI Act and the Territory Records Act will not apply to this bill. This seems a reasonable approach, given the nature of the work that this bill

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