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would be wondering, frankly, what we are debating—it clearly is the case that the act warrants some further improvement to make it readable and understandable in a more plain English way to those that are actually trying to do a job that is often done in rather stressful circumstances.

Question put:

That Mr Smyth’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 4

Noes 9

Mrs Dunne

Mr Barr

Ms Hunter

Mr Hanson

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Seselja

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Smyth

Mr Corbell

Mr Stanhope

Ms Gallagher

Question so resolved in the negative.

Bill, as a whole, agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Statute Law Amendment Bill 2010

Debate resumed from 25 March 2010, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.48): The Canberra Liberals will be supporting this bill which amends a range of acts and regulations for statute law revision purposes. Typically, the substantive elements of statute law amendment bills, or SLAB bills as they are colloquially known, are contained in schedules.

Schedule 1 provides for minor, non-controversial amendments initiated by government agencies. In this bill eight acts are amended. Schedule 2 provides for minor, non-controversial amendments to the Legislation Act initiated by the parliamentary counsel office, but there are no such amendments in this bill. Schedule 3 provides for minor or technical amendments initiated by the parliamentary counsel and in this bill 26 acts and regulations are amended. Schedule 4 provides for routine repeals. There are no repeals in this bill.

Schedule 1 carries amendments to seven acts to centralise to the Legislation Act the definition of the term “bankrupt or personally insolvent”. You might recall that the second SLAB bill that passed through the Assembly last year added that definition to its dictionary, so the amendments to those seven acts simply cross-reference the term to that definition. There is also an amendment to the Building Act 2004 to clarify the meaning of insolvent in relation to builders that are corporations.

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