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by eliminating the burden of complying with multiple jurisdictional requirements when moving passengers and freight interstate.

It is important to note that the national law was developed in a process which included extensive national consultation with a wide variety of stakeholders, including industry and union representatives, to ensure that this will be a workable, fair and, importantly, safety focused national approach to heavy vehicle regulation. The new regulatory scheme will promote productivity, improve safety and reduce the burden and cost of regulation for Australia’s heavy vehicle industry. It has been endorsed by the industry at large, and stakeholders are eager to see it become a reality.

While the national regulator has been delivering a limited number of services through delegated arrangements with jurisdictional regulators since January this year, it will soon be ready to open its doors and begin to function as a genuine one-stop-shop for a wide range of regulatory matters. To enable this, a common commencement date in all participating jurisdictions has now been agreed as 10 February 2014. With the passage of the bills before the Assembly today, six jurisdictions including the ACT will participate from that date. It is an historic achievement.

I thank members for their support of this bill and I commend it to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Heavy Vehicle National Law (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2013

Debate resumed from 24 October 2013, on motion by Ms Burch:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.56): As I have foreshadowed, the opposition will be supporting the Heavy Vehicle National Law (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2013. The bill is required to ensure the implementation of the application bill and together the bills will enable the territory to fulfil its commitments under the COAG intergovernmental agreements on heavy vehicle regulatory reform. This bill amends many pieces of territory road transport legislation and repeals several pieces of legislation.

The amendments remove heavy vehicle matters that are now covered in the national law from the current legislation. The ACT road transport laws relating to drink and drug driving, careless and dangerous driving, excessive speed and the Australian road rule requirements will continue to operate for heavy vehicles. As part of implementing the national law, participating jurisdictions have agreed that Queensland administrative law will apply to the national heavy vehicle regulator.

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