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Thursday, 28 February 2013

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 (No 2)

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, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (10.01): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 (No 2) is part of a series of legislation within the Justice and Community Safety portfolio. While the amendments in this bill are minor and uncontroversial, I am pleased to say that they will improve the effectiveness of the ACT statute book.

This bill amends a number of acts, including the Agents Act, the Confiscation of Criminal Assets Act, the Crimes Act, the Land Titles Act, the Legal Aid Act, the Legal Profession Act, the Unclaimed Money Act and the Unit Titles (Management) Act.

This bill also makes two minor amendments to the Magistrates Court (Working with Vulnerable People Infringement Notices) Regulation 2012. The regulation establishes a system of infringement notices in relation to certain offences against the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011, which is administered by the Commissioner for Fair Trading.

Sections 9 and 11 of the regulation require any infringement notice or reminder notice issued by an inspector to include both the inspector’s name and any unique identification number issued to the inspector under the regulation. This requirement is out of step with other infringement notice schemes, which require an inspector to disclose either his or her name or unique identification number but not both. The technical amendment to the relevant sections will ensure consistency with comparable enforcement schemes and ensure the protection of personal information in cases where the identity of the inspector needs to be protected.

The bill makes a number of amendments to unclaimed money provisions in the Unclaimed Money Act 1950, the Legal Profession Act 2006 and the Agents Act 2003. Unclaimed money is received by the Public Trustee on behalf of the territory under these laws. The Unclaimed Money Act 1950 provides for unclaimed money to be paid

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