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To clarify which directorate has responsibility for each section of the road transport legislation, this bill amends section 16 of the Road Transport (General) Act to reflect these administrative arrangements. These are technical amendments to give effect to the intent of the changes in the administration of road transport legislation in the territory.

These bills continue to ensure that legislation gives effect to the policy decisions that led to the enactment of the territory’s laws. They allow the government to respond promptly to community and stakeholder concerns and allow us to respond to changing needs and attitudes in the territory. This bill is no exception. It introduces amendments to the statute book that are minor and uncontroversial in nature, including matters that are not changes in policy. It allows this Assembly to ensure in a timely fashion that the territory’s laws continue to operate with minimal confusion and uncertainty and address current challenges and issues. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 45

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella): 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 45, dated 10 November 2011, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

On behalf of the committee chair, Mrs Dunne, I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR HARGREAVES: Scrutiny report 45 contains the committee’s comments on six bills, eight pieces of subordinate legislation and three government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting.

The committee wishes to raise two issues with respect to the Business Names Registration (Transition to Commonwealth) Bill on which it has made comment; namely, the use of Henry VIII clauses without justification for their use being offered in the explanatory statement and the inclusion of a clause stating that a section has effect despite anything in another territory law—something which it plainly cannot do. Unfortunately, this is not the first time the committee has commented on these issues. The committee finds the continued repetition of such practices inappropriate and objectionable and calls on the executive to take greater heed of the committee’s views in future.

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