Page 909 - Week 03 - Thursday, 19 March 2015

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In this bill the Legislation Act is amended in schedule 2 by omitting redundant references to the ACT gazette in sections 28, 61, 65A and 69. The references are in examples that refer to the gazette as a place the Parliamentary Counsel considers appropriate for notifying various matters if it is not practical to do so in the ACT legislation register. These matters are the notification of, the making of proposed laws, the making of legislative instruments, the disallowance of subordinate laws or disallowable instruments and the amendment of subordinate laws or disallowable instruments by resolution of the Assembly. These examples are redundant because the gazette is now published in the ACT legislation register

Schedule 3 includes amendments of acts and regulations that have been reviewed as part of an 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 in schedule 3 to a standard provision in all the infringement notice regulations made under the Magistrates Court Act 1930 to improve clarity. The standard provision states that an authorised person may serve an infringement notice and a reminder notice for an infringement notice offence under a particular act. This section is recast to remove a possible ambiguity by making it clear that an infringement notice for an infringement notice offence and a reminder notice for the offence do not have to be served at the same time. Thirty-five infringement regulations are therefore amended.

Amendments are also made in schedule 3 to various acts and regulations to reflect the change of name of ACTEW Corporation Ltd to Icon Water Ltd. The names of other associated entities—for example ACTEW Distribution Ltd and ACTEW Retail Ltd—are also updated to Icon Distribution Investments Ltd and Icon Retail Investments Ltd respectively. Although section 183 of the Legislation Act 2001 covers a change of name of an entity, it is preferable to change the name itself throughout the statute book to avoid confusing readers with references to the old name.

Finally, in addition to the explanatory notes in the bill, the Parliamentary Counsel is, as always, available to provide any further explanation or information members would like about any of the amendments made by the bill. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Capital Metro—Select Committee


MR COE (Ginninderra) (10.57): I move:


(1) a Select Committee on Capital Metro be established;

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