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With this bill, the government will ensure that targeted assistance to first homebuyers of established properties is continued. This bill provides a minor legislative amendment to the Duties Act, and broadens the definition of an “eligible person” to ensure that the duty deferral scheme is available to those first home purchasers who would otherwise be eligible for the first home owner grant, if not for the fact that the property purchased is an established property. The applicants will still be required to meet all other eligibility criteria for the first home owner grant, including residency, citizenship, age and previous property ownership requirements.

With the enactment of this bill, the duty deferral scheme will continue to allow first homebuyers wishing to defer their duty on an existing property to do so, and provides targeted financial assistance to first home purchasers in the territory. This bill highlights the government’s commitment to make affordable housing initiatives available to its residents.

Madam Speaker, I commend the Duties (Duty Deferral) Amendment Bill 2013 to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth) adjourned to the next sitting.

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 (No 4)

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) (10.06): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 (No 4) is part of a series of legislation that makes amendments to law that concerns the Justice and Community Safety Portfolio. The bill will improve the effectiveness of a range of ACT laws by making uncontroversial amendments to improve operational efficiency and clarify minor aspects of policy.

This bill amends the Coroners Act 1997, the Magistrates Court Act 1930, the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, the Road Transport (General) Act 1999 and the Victims of Crime Act 1994. The amendments to these acts have been carefully considered to promote clarity and consistency, and to address necessary improvements.

An amendment is proposed for the Coroners Act to correct a reference in that section to witness expenses. Section 98 of the Coroners Act current provides that a coroner may allow a witness to recover expenses that the Magistrates Court may allow to a witness under the Magistrates Court Act 1930.

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