Page 928 - Week 03 - Thursday, 10 April 2014

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Section 8A(2) makes it clear that if the person has a duty or power under the Dangerous Substances Act in relation to a dangerous substance that is inconsistent with a duty under the Work Health and Safety Act in relation to the same substance, the duty under the Dangerous Substances Act has no effect to the extent of the inconsistency. However, section 8A(3) provides that a duty under the Dangerous Substances Act is not to be taken to be inconsistent with a duty under the Work Health and Safety Act to the extent that both duties can operate concurrently.

Schedule 2 contains minor, non-controversial structural amendments of the Legislation Act initiated by the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel. Structural issues are particularly concerned with making the statute book more coherent and concise, and therefore more accessible. Strategies to achieve these objectives include avoiding unnecessary duplication and achieving the maximum degree of standardisation of legislative provisions.

In this bill, the Legislation Act 2001, dictionary, part 1 is amended to include a definition of “coroner” to help users of legislation. Schedule 3 includes amendments of acts and regulations that have been reviewed as part of the ongoing program of updating and improving the language and form of legislation. These amendments are explained in the explanatory notes and are routine, technical matters such as the correction of minor errors, improving syntax and omitting redundant provisions.

In particular, amendments are made to relocate, from the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 to the Work Health and Safety Act, transitional provisions dealing with investigations under the former Work Safety Act 2008. Act dictionaries are updated to include signpost definitions for terms defined elsewhere in the act, standard notes are included in acts and regulations to help users of the legislation and archaic words such as ‘shall’ and ‘any or all’ are replaced in a number of acts with more current language.

In addition to the explanatory notes in the bill, as always the parliamentary counsel is available to provide any further explanation or information to members who are seeking advice on this bill. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

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) (10.56): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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