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Whilst I have reinforced today the desire for people to provide to the committee those comments as early as possible, we are aware that sometimes this will be honoured more in the breach than in the observance. Collectively, we will work as collegially as possible to ensure that amendments get the appropriate scrutiny that they deserve.

I do take the member’s chastisement, but I do take exception to the assertion that I was exercising the privilege of being the chair. If any member of this place came to the scrutiny committee and said that they needed this matter to be dealt with expeditiously, I would deal with it in the same way.

Amendments agreed to.

Parts 1.18 to 1.22, amendments 1.44 to 1.51, as amended, agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Road Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

Debate resumed from 31 March 2011, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR COE (Ginninderra) (11.29): The opposition will be supporting the Road Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2011. I do not intend to rehash the bill, which is sometimes the practice in such speeches, other than to say that it looks like a very reasonable bill and it looks like the changes that will be made will make things much easier for our law enforcement agencies. Also, it is good legislative practice to make some of these amendments.

In particular, it is important for police to be able to collect stolen and altered or forged licence plates and documents. I am actually surprised, to an extent, that that provision is not already in the act. But I am glad that this bill will enable that process to be undertaken in the future.

To keep it succinct, the opposition will be supporting the bill.

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (11.30): The Greens will be supporting the Road Transport Legislation Amendment Bill. The bill makes a series of relatively minor updates and improvements to ACT road transport legislation.

The updating and modernising of road transport legislation is an important task. It ensures that road laws can be enforced effectively and that the laws and the authorities are able to best perform their roles and contribute to road safety.

This particular suite of amendments has a focus on unregistered vehicles and unlicensed drivers. It is, of course, important for road safety that vehicles are roadworthy and that drivers on our roads are licensed to drive.

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