Page 2389 - Week 08 - Thursday, 6 June 2013

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We are lucky to have such a vibrant and rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Canberra. Events like Reconciliation Week, Mabo Day and National Sorry Day are days which remind us of the past, reflect on the present and cast our thoughts to the future.

Question resolved in the affirmative

Executive business—precedence

Motion (by Mr Corbell), by leave, agreed to:

That Executive business be called on forthwith.

MADAM SPEAKER: For the information of members, we have just discovered that there is a problem with the standing orders in relation to executive members’ business. There is no mechanism for getting out of it in under an hour without leave. It is something that has just come to our attention today, and we will look at it with a view to fixing the standing orders in the August sitting. That is why leave was required for the motion.

Official Visitor Amendment Bill 2013

Detail stage

Clause 1.

Debate resumed from 4 June 2013.

Clause 1 agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (12.05), by leave: I move amendments Nos 1 to 10 circulated in my name together [see schedule 1 at page 2447].

The first of the Greens’ amendments seeks to clarify the issue of how often official visitors visit visitable places. Currently, the Corrections Management Act and the Children and Young People Act set out the minimum frequency of visits by official visitors. The bill proposes to change this and apply a consistent approach for determining the minimum visitation frequency for all official visitors through a guideline-making power.

One can argue either way about whether it is most appropriate to set the minimum frequency. The amendment accepts the principle that the minimum frequency be set by a legislative instrument. However, where currently the minimum visitation requirement is part of a broad guideline-making power, the amendment proposes that we put in place a specific declaration-making power that the minister must fulfil and that will ensure the minimum frequency is a binding part of the scheme.

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