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The government has realised that section 727(4) of the Children and Young People Act is not consistent with the same clause contained in the explanatory statement attached to the 2010 amendment bill. This provision relates to when information about the causes or circumstances of the death of the child or young person can be placed on the register of deaths.
The proposed amendment makes clear that any coronial inquest or review by the territory must have ended before any information can be placed on the register of deaths. This ensures that the Children and Young People Death Review Committee is the last mechanism of review once all other processes have been completed. This amendment is consistent with the explanatory statement attached to the 2010 amendment bill.
Madam Speaker, the Children and Young People Amendment Bill is an important step by the ACT government to improve the administration and interpretation of the Children and Young People Act, supporting vulnerable children and young people, and ensuring a high performing and effective youth justice system in the ACT.
Debate (on motion by Mr Hanson) adjourned to the next sitting.
Racing Amendment Bill 2012
Ms Burch, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.
Title read by Clerk.
MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Children and Young People, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Women, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Racing and Gaming) (10.27): I move:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
I present the Racing Amendment Bill 2012, which introduces a number of changes to the Racing Act 1999 and the Racing (Race Field Information) Regulation 2010. The bill I present today changes the existing race field information charge scheme. The changes enable the racing clubs to directly set and collect race field information charges from wagering operators whilst also ensuring the integrity of the scheme is maintained.
The local racing industry continues to be in a difficult competitive position, facing challenges that include its small scale, regional rather than metropolitan status, and lack of bargaining power with regard to broadcasting. In 2010, the existing funding arrangements were changed to provide a fixed level of funding to the industry through the budget. The move resulted in an increase in funding in real terms.