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amendments will assist the institute to enhance the standing of the teaching profession in the territory and, importantly, to uphold the community’s confidence in the integrity of the teaching workforce.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clause 2.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation) (5.00): Pursuant to standing order 182A(b), I seek leave to move an amendment to this clause that it is minor and technical in nature.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name and table a supplementary explanatory statement to the government amendment [see schedule 1 at page 3978].

This amendment simply changes the words “commences on the day after its notification day” with “commences on a day fixed by the Minister by written notice”. If the provisions have not commenced within six months beginning on the notification day it automatically commences the first day after that period.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 2, as amended, agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Leader, ACT Greens) (5.02,), by leave: I move amendments Nos 1 to 12 circulated in my name together. [see schedule 2 at page 3978]

These amendments are relatively minor. They clarify the basis on which discretionary decision making is to be undertaken and clarify that decisions are to be premised on reasonable grounds. The amendments also omit the subsection that the person should be registered, as that is not an objective standard against which any decision maker could make the decision. I think it makes it more difficult to articulate when someone does or does not satisfy the test.

More generally, it is undesirable to use the term “should” in legislation. In this instance, we are creating a decision making power and I think that omitting the proposed subsection (2) better articulates the scope and manner in which we intend

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