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amendments were brought to members’ attention. I have heard you talking about that, but I have not heard you talk about the actual amendments yet.

MR COE: Madam Deputy Speaker, amendments Nos 1 and 2 to the Public Unleased Land Bill were distributed to members at 11.30, as Minister Rattenbury said. Of course, Monday was a busy day for the opposition; we had a few things going on. We went to a church service, then we had a leadership party room meeting, then we had a press conference. There were a few things happening. But we had confidence in the standing orders that we would have 24 hours notice. We had confidence.

Madam Deputy Speaker, in wrapping up my thoughts about amendments 1 and 2 to the Public Unleased Land Bill 2012, the opposition will stand by the position we took on 27 November and we will demand that the standing orders be adhered to. We support amendments 1 and 2.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Housing, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for Ageing) (12.08): Just for the sake of clarity, I am quite happy to comply with the standing orders; I think this is a good standing order. My simple frustration was that the advice we were given was that the interpretation of standing orders was that you had to have amendments in by midday. I submitted them by 11.30 and then the Speaker took a different interpretation the next day.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Directors Liability Legislation Amendment Bill 2012

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

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SESELJA (Brindabella) (12.09): The opposition will support the Directors Liability Legislation Amendment Bill. I note the Attorney-General’s advice given in his presentation speech that this bill is a result of reforms agreed to at COAG. The agreement seeks to achieve a nationally consistent and principled approach to the imposition of personal criminal liability of directors or other corporate officers such as managers for corporate fault. The Attorney-General also noted that a “thorough audit” of the ACT statute book was undertaken and the results submitted to the Prime Minister in June 2012. He says that these amendments give effect to the audit results. No doubt, given the thoroughness of the audit, the bill will be the last of its kind to be presented to the Assembly.

In large part the bill amends 13 acts to relieve the current burden of proof that sits against corporation directors and managers in the event of prosecutions being brought

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