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The bill also requires firearms licence holders to register any frame or receiver they currently have in their possession. The change will also mean that a licence holder will need to obtain a permit to acquire before purchasing a new firearms frame or receiver. The amendments include a three month amnesty to allow people in possession of one of these items to either register them or lawfully dispose of them.

The bill also makes a number of more minor amendments to ensure consistency across laws and allow for the effective operation of criminal law legislation. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Long Service Leave (Portable Schemes) Amendment Bill 2013

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) (10.37): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Long Service Leave (Portable Schemes) Amendment Bill makes sure our portable schemes keep pace with changing circumstances. The bill makes several small but significant amendments to the Long Service Leave (Portable Schemes) Act 2009. While the bill does not give effect to any material change in policy, it does ensure that the authority is able to effectively administer each of the four portable schemes.

The bill clarifies that a person can be an employer for the act and must be registered for a portable scheme if they employ someone to carry out work in the industry for another person who is engaged in the industry, whether or not they are engaged in the industry or part of a traditional employment relationship. This will ensure that labour hire arrangements, which are widely used in several covered industries, are clearly captured by the act.

Under these arrangements, individuals work for agencies that hire them out to organisations as they are needed. Often the labour hire firm is the relevant employer for the purposes of the portable scheme. This change is not, however, designed to capture those people that are simply employment agents who only introduce prospective employees to employers.

The bill also changes the definition of building and construction industry for that industry’s portable scheme to confirm that repair work is within the scope of the scheme.

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