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control the distribution of these games. It will provide adult purchasers with greater information to allow them to determine whether this is something they truly want to view or use.

Contrary to the arguments put forward by opponents of the introduction of the category, an R18+ classification will not suddenly introduce prohibited and offensive games to Australia. The refused classification category still remains, and the Attorney-General of any jurisdiction may request the reconsideration of a classification if they are concerned about the content of a particular game.

I am pleased to say that the ACT is the first jurisdiction to introduce a bill giving effect at a local level to the commonwealth’s decision to implement the category in Australia.

The R18+ debate has been going on for far too long now and I am relieved that all jurisdictions have agreed to the current approach with the overwhelming support of the Australian public.

I commend this bill to the Assembly.

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

Road Transport (General) 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) (10.50): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Each year in the ACT more than 200,000 infringement notices are issued for offences against the road transport legislation. Road transport offences are possibly the most prevalent, and certainly the most frequently detected, category of offences in the ACT.

The purpose of the infringement notice scheme is to expedite the process for dealing with these offences so that they do not need to be dealt with by the courts, unless the defendant so chooses. The use of the infringement notice process has advantages for the defendant, who is able to expiate the offence through the payment of a fixed penalty without having a conviction recorded and without having to attend court. It also has advantages for the territory as the pressure on court and prosecution resources is reduced.

At present, infringement notices for road transport matters are dealt with under the scheme for infringement notices established by part 3 of the Road Transport (General)

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