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Wednesday, 9 March 2011

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Children and Young People (Death Review) Amendment Bill 2010

Detail stage

Debate resumed from 16 February 2011.

MR SPEAKER: Members, when we adjourned debate on this bill in the last sitting period the question was that the bill as a whole be agreed to. In the intervening period a number of amendments to the bill have been drafted and I am seeking the Assembly’s agreement to now consider the detail stage of the bill clause by clause. Is there any objection?

MRS DUNNE: No objection.

Clause 1.

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clause 2.

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Women) (10.02): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 681] and I table a supplementary explanatory statement to the government amendments.

Firstly, I propose an amendment to the provisions regarding the commencement of these amendments. The bill proposes commencement three months after its notification date. The appointment of the chair and committee members and the selection of appropriate staff will take considerable time. I propose an amendment that provides for the commencement of these provisions on a day fixed by the minister by written notice. As stated in note 3 to this amendment:

If a provision has not commenced within 6 months beginning on the notification day, it automatically commences on the first day after that period …

This will ensure that the work is undertaken in a timely manner within a period where it is successfully achieved and appropriate processes are completed.

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens) (10.04): The Greens agree to this amendment. However, we do strongly maintain that the committee should commence work as soon as possible, and that is no later than

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