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practitioners in order to perform its functions. Private practitioners receive grants to help clients who are eligible for assistance, but cannot be assisted by legal aid officers. This relationship between the private law firms and Legal Aid is central to the commission’s work.

When changes in terminology are introduced in the regulation of the legal profession, as I highlighted earlier, these changes need to be addressed in the Legal Aid Act. The first of these amendments involves changing the definition of private legal practitioner to align with the definition of principal in the Legal Profession Act. The current definition of private legal practitioner only covers practitioners who are practising as barristers, as solicitors or as barristers and solicitors, either independently or in a partnership.

The amendment will expand this definition, in line with the Legal Profession Act 2006, to encompass sole practitioners, partners of a legal practice, legal practitioner directors within an incorporated legal practice and legal practitioner partners in a multidisciplinary partnership. The ACT is home to a wide range of law firms, many of which have individual corporate structures. This amendment will adequately reflect and capture those very different legal practices and how they are structured.

Madam Assistant Speaker, I thank members again for their support of the bill and I commend it to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Electricity Feed-in (Renewable Energy Premium) Amendment Bill 2010

Debate resumed from 9 December 2010, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.19 to 2 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Land and Property Services, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage): For the information of members, as I am sure all members are aware, the Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer

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