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The JACS bill also makes two improvements to the Public Trustee Act 1985 to enhance the ways in which the Public Trustee can exercise its statutory powers. The bill includes amendments to the Public Trustee Act that would allow the Public Trustee to invest money, held on behalf of people under a disability, into superannuation and deal with money awarded by the Magistrates Court or a tribunal to a person under a disability.

In addition, the JACS bill amends the Victims of Crime Act to bring the appointment process for members of the Victims Advisory Board, appointed from the AFP or ACT courts, into line with the appointment process for the other public sector appointments to the board.

Finally, the bill also includes detailed examples in the Unit Titles (Management) Act to assist readers with the interpretation of the act’s sinking fund provisions.

JACS bills are necessary to ensure that legislation in the justice portfolio continues to give effect to the policy decisions that led to the enactment of the law. The bill I present today 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 updates the law in many respects to ensure it is not a barrier to proper administration. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

National Energy Retail Law (ACT) 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) (11.35): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I table the following paper:

National Energy Retail Law (South Australia) Bill 2010—Second Reading Speech.

The government is presenting new legislation today to implement a national regulatory framework for the supply of electricity and gas to customers in the ACT. The legislation will benefit consumers by imposing compulsory consumer protection requirements on energy retailers and distributors. The legislation is also designed to encourage greater competition by removing inconsistent and inefficient differences in jurisdictional legislation in the national electricity market. It will reduce costs for retailers and therefore moderate cost pressures in electricity and gas markets.

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