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and Recreation) (6.04), in reply: I thank Ms Hunter and Mr Doszpot for their contributions. As is becoming customary in these debates, Ms Hunter focuses on the issues at hand in the legislation and presents her party’s case; Mr Doszpot decides that he wants to have a bit of a whack at everything in general. He spent very little time at all on the actual matter before the Assembly. But we have come to expect this approach. I thank members for their support and look forward to this bill passing the Assembly in a matter of moments.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Statute Law Amendment Bill 2011 (No 2)

Debate resumed from 20 October 2011, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (6.05): The Greens will be supporting this bill today. It amends 60 acts and regulations to update and streamline the ACT statute book. The changes are relatively minor when looked at in isolation, but certainly, when taken as an entire package, the bill is a substantial piece of work and does improve the quality of laws that apply in the ACT. As I have said before in this place, the statute law amendment bills are a good initiative because they improve the law in an ongoing manner.

The individual amendments are of a minor nature, and I think that the explanatory notes through the bill do a very good job of outlining what those amendments cover, so I will not replicate that work.

One matter I would like to comment on relates to the amendments to the Exhibition Park Corporation Act 1976—the much discussed Exhibition Park Corporation Act. The Greens will support the government’s proposal to change the size of the EPIC board.

Mrs Dunne: So that even Andrew Barr can work it out on the fingers of one hand.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): Order, members! Mirth is fine; conversations are not.

MR RATTENBURY: As members of this place are aware, the governance structure of EPIC has taken up quite some time in the Seventh Assembly, but it seems we are now starting to move forward with some agreement, at least. The board is currently sized between seven and nine members, and the proposal is to reduce it to three to five members.

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