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This item substitutes replacement clause 144, which amends schedule 1, part 1.7, to insert new items 12A and 12B. This clause consequentially amends the table to include reference to the offences in new sections 61BA and 61C of the Road Transport (General) Act 1999.

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (5.16): The Greens will support this consequential amendment to the offence schedule, reflecting the new offence relating to suspension notices.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 144, as amended, agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Territory Records Amendment Bill 2010

Debate resumed from 23 September 2010, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.17): The opposition will be supporting this bill. We believe this bill will strengthen the role of the Territory Records Act 2002 in both managing and linking with other legislation to manage all records in the territory. The bill follows a review of the Territory Records Act which recommended these legislative changes. The review was tabled in the Assembly a few months ago—I believe on 1 July.

The bill will ensure, along with some technical amendments, that there is a common release date for territory and executive records, proposed to be Canberra Day each year, and that cabinet records will be released after 10 years and territory records after 20 years. The bill also states that the director can now monitor the disposal of records by all agencies and their functions have been extended to include the ability to suspend records disposal schedules, primarily to ensure that records are not disposed of prior to an impending court case if required as evidence. The director will now be able to transfer records to another jurisdiction if required.

The bill also states that health records are included that were previously exempt, while remaining consistent with the Health Records (Privacy and Access) Act 1997. The Territory Records Advisory Council includes a provision for representation from organisations interested in public administration, governance and public accountability.

The bill will also allow for record management arrangements for agencies and/or bodies that cross jurisdictional boundaries. We are also of the view that the new council member from the public administration sector will add to the scope of the

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