Page 3396 - Week 08 - Thursday, 23 August 2012

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Pursuant to subsection 9(2)—ACTEW Corporation Limited—Amendments to the company constitution—Statement.

Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Protection of Public Participation Act, pursuant to subsection 11(2)—Review of Act—ACT Government Report.

Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission Act, pursuant to section 24—Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission—ACT Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme—Compliance and Operation of the Scheme for the 2011 Compliance Year—Report 5 of 2012, dated June 2012.

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 242(2)—Schedule—Leases granted for the period 1 April to 30 June 2012.

Dr Bourke presented the following papers:

Canberra Institute of Technology—WorkSafe ACT report—Implementation of actions arising from the WorkSafe ACT Improvement Notice issued to Canberra Institute of Technology on 11 April 2012—Progress report.

OHS Liaison Officer Funding—Review—Government response, dated August 2012.

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Enforcement) Amendment Bill 2012

Debate resumed from 29 March 2012, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (3.03): The Canberra Liberals, after some consideration, will support this bill. This bill establishes a regime for the regulation of computer games that have been classified by the commonwealth as R18+, and this is an important distinction. This is part of a national approach recently agreed by the commonwealth, state and territory attorneys-general, supported by legislation that has recently passed the commonwealth parliament. I note, however, that the regulations associated with this new legislation have not yet been made, and these regulations are where the real issues of classification will be lodged.

This bill creates penalties for offences relating to demonstrating, selling or distributing R18+ computer games or leaving R18+ computer games in certain places. Lesser penalties apply to offences relating to M15+ games. I will speak about the penalties a little later as well. It also gives the Office of Regulatory Service inspectors power to enter, search, seize and destroy R18+ games, powers that are similar to those for X18+ films except there is no licence regime for R18+ games. To some extent, this begs the question of how the ORS will be able to manage these powers in the absence of a licensing regime. Presumably this largely will be reactionary, responding to customer complaints.

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