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to allow another coroner to constitute the court and complete a matter when it was started by a previous coroner.
The bill streamlines some process in the Magistrates Court by removing a requirement to keep certain records indefinitely. I understand these records are not accessed and are costly. These changes to the Coroners Act and the Magistrates Court Act were suggestions that came from the Magistrates Court.
The bill also makes a technical amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act and the Road Transport (General) Act. Mr Corbell covered these adequately in his tabling speech. I understand that the minor change to the Residential Tenancies Act was a suggestion from the ACT law courts and tribunal administration officers.
Lastly, the bill formalises an increase in the victims services levy from $10 to $30. This is a levy that is added to traffic infringements and which supports the Victims of Crime Commissioner and his activities through Victim Support ACT. I imagine we all agree that this is a very important service and a very important part of the justice process. It was a suggestion by the Victims of Crime Commissioner, Mr Hinchey. This increased victims services levy will allow Mr Hinchey and Victim Support ACT to continue and to improve these excellent services. With those few remarks, I am pleased to support the bill.
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) (12.02), in reply: I simply thank members for their support of this bill.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.
Bill agreed to.
Workers Compensation Amendment Bill 2013
Debate resumed from 15 August 2013, on motion by Mr Corbell:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (12.03): This bill delivers on the minister’s announcement earlier this year to recoup additional WorkSafe inspectors’ costs through workers compensation premiums. In the minister’s own words, the government has decided it will progressively transfer the cost of regulating the workers compensation and WHS legislation to workers compensation insurers and self-insurers by way of a levy.