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A number of other acts are amended to standardise the meaning of “bankruptcy”. As members would be aware, I have introduced a JACS bill this morning that provides for further technical amendments flowing from this definition. A range of acts and regulations comprising the road transport legislation have been amended to remove duplication of standard definitions. These amendments will make a significant improvement to the ease of reading and understanding of our laws.

I would like to express my ongoing appreciation for members’ continuing support for the technical amendments program and I would reiterate the comments of Mrs Dunne in relation to the excellent work of the Office of Parliamentary Counsel, for leading the way and striving for the best. In this case, that best is a modern, high quality, up-to-date and easily accessible statute book. 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.

Crimes (Sentence Administration) Amendment Bill 2010

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

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Sitting suspended from 11.58 am to 2 pm.


MR SPEAKER: Members, before we commence question time, I would like to draw your attention to a number of visitors we have with us in the Assembly today. Firstly, I would like to welcome the delegation from the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Consultative Conference. Mr Hargreaves and I have just hosted them for lunch in the Speaker’s hospitality room. I would also like to welcome members of National Seniors, the Canberra north branch, who are joining us through the education office today. Welcome to question time.

Questions without notice

Taxation—change of use

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, in defence of your massive tax on homes, you constantly referred to advice you have received that you could not ignore. You further stated this would not impede housing affordability and development in the city centre. Treasurer, under your massive tax on homes, the new

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