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The maximum penalty will be two years imprisonment and/or 200 penalty units. Invasion of privacy and indecency do not require proof of intent as these questions should be objectively assessed.
The bill makes a number of amendments to the Firearms Act which will allow for the safe and effective use of firearms without compromising the public safety purposes of strict controls on the possession and use of firearms. It also reduces unnecessary red tape on certain firearm users. The amendments include giving authorised instructors a general authority to use firearms registered to their respective club for the purposes of instruction and allowing certain licensees, regardless of the genuine reason supporting the acquisition and registration of the firearm, to use their firearms on club shooting ranges. The bill also clarifies that unlicensed people 12 years of age or over may possess and use a firearm for the purpose of receiving instruction on a shooting range.
The bill also amends the Crimes (Sentencing) Act to allow a victim impact statement to be in the form of drawings or pictures, to reflect existing practice in the court of allowing the tendering of drawn statements. Expressly permitting this practice in legislation will ensure that there is no doubt that it can continue to occur.
Section 102 of the Children and Young People Act is amended by the bill to allow the court to order the director-general to bring a young detainee before the court for a civil proceeding if the young person consents and to return the young person to the centre or other place in accordance with the order. The amendment does not compel a young detainee to attend a civil proceeding. It is consistent with a recent amendment to allow adult offenders to attend civil proceedings but not to compel them to attend.
The bill also makes a number of minor amendments to crimes legislation to ensure consistency and the effective operation of the criminal justice system. The bill provides extra protection and support to members of the community in particular need and it provides protection for the privacy of members of the community as a whole. I commend the bill to the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Mr Hanson) adjourned to the next sitting.
Electoral Amendment Bill 2014 (No 2)
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 the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro) (10.31): I move:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
I am pleased to present the Electoral Amendment Bill 2014 (No 2) this morning. On 20 March this year the ACT Legislative Assembly established a select committee on