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Safety for review and report. Consideration by this committee will give Assembly members the opportunity to consider these two bills and the commission’s election report in the context of a comprehensive public inquiry into the conduct of the 2008 election.

Mr Speaker, the amendments proposed to be made by this bill are intended to assist in the continuing improvement of electoral processes for the ACT Legislative Assembly elections and electoral administration in the territory and have been made on the basis of recommendations by the ACT Electoral Commission. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.05): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 is part of a series of legislation that concerns the Justice and Community Safety portfolio. The bill I am introducing today will improve the effectiveness of the ACT statute book. Members would remember that last year the Assembly supported a motion calling on the government to continue to recognise the generally accepted practice of using omnibus bills to deal only with amendments to legislation that are minor, technical and non-contentious in nature and to bring forward amendments of a more substantive nature in separate bills dealing specifically with those amendments.

I would like to reiterate that, although JACS bills have always been used to make more substantive changes to the law than statute law amendment bills, the government is supportive of the general practice that a majority of the issues pursued through a JACS bill not be controversial and that any new major initiatives or policy be pursued through a distinct and separate bill. I am confident that the bill I am introducing today therefore is uncontroversial.

The bill makes amendments to a number of acts related to the Office of Regulatory Services. Those amendments are designed primarily to improve efficiency and governance arrangements in that office. The bill also amends the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 to correct an inconsistency with that act and makes minor, technical amendments to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act.

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