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The individual must notify the other party as soon as they become aware of the error and they cannot receive a material benefit or value from the goods or services received from the other party.

Finally, Mr Speaker, businesses and individuals are increasingly using electronic means for commercial transactions. The government is committed to ensuring that our law reflects internationally recognised legal standards in this rapidly expanding area of the law.

The implementation of this bill will ensure that our laws reflect our commitment to the growth of trade and contracting through electronic means. I commend this bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Emergencies (Commissioner Directions) Amendment Bill 2012

Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (12.23): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Emergencies (Commissioner Directions) Bill 2012 is an important piece of legislation that improves and refines the existing arrangements for the management and coordination of emergency response in the ACT.

In introducing the bill this government strengthens the ACT’s statutory arrangements to ensure they are at the forefront of emergency management nationally for high-level control and coordination by providing the emergency services commissioner with the necessary authority to give directions to the chief officers of the emergency services.

The bill originated in this government’s detailed consideration of the findings and lessons learned following recent disasters in Australia, including the 2009 Victorian bushfires, the 2010-11 Victorian floods, the 2011 Queensland floods and the 2011 Perth hills bushfires, as well as considering contemporary emergencies legislation across Australia.

While considering the full scope of these reports, the government’s considerations focused specifically on those findings and lessons learned associated with high-level control and coordination during emergencies and the manner in which other jurisdictions have addressed or propose to address these issues.

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