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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 44

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)—Scrutiny Report 44, dated 24 October 2011, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: Scrutiny report 44 contains the committee’s comments on 24 pieces of subordinate legislation, three government responses and proposed government amendments to the Education and Care Services National Law (ACT) Bill 2011 and the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Bill 2010.

In relation to the amendments to the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Bill provided by the government, the committee was concerned that it did not appear that the amendments provided were a complete set and that there may be matters the committee has not been able to consider or comment on. The report circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting drew this to members’ attention and, in future, we have asked that if there are large sets of amendments, all of them should be provided to the committee, not just a select few. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Orders of the day—postponement

Motion (by Mr Corbell) proposed:

That orders of the day Nos 1 and 2, Executive business, relating to the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Bill 2010 and Working with Vulnerable People (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011, be postponed until a later hour this day.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.03): The Canberra Liberals will be opposing this. At the government business meeting last Wednesday, this was the order that was agreed upon, and this is the order in which we have been prepared to debate these matters. I understand that the minister’s office has come to the realisation this morning—only this morning—that they have technical problems with the fact that not all the amendments have gone to the scrutiny of bills committee and that they will need to declare some amendments urgent to have them debated today.

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