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Legislation program—spring 2015

Paper and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Urban Renewal and Minister for Tourism and Events): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Legislation Program—Spring 2015—Key Themes and Government Priority Legislation Items.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: I welcome everyone back to the spring session. I can advise that the second half of the year is going to be very busy. Coming up in this sitting period, we will be taking a range of steps to improve our city’s criminal justice system. Under the Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, we will introduce a notification procedure that requires ACT Policing to inform an Aboriginal legal aid organisation when a forensic procedure is to be carried out on an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. It will also improve identification procedures in the Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Act 2000 and the Children and Young People Act 2008, and will make other technical and operational amendments to other aspects of the criminal law.

The Crimes (Sentencing) Amendment Act 2014 commenced on 5 December 2014 and prevents a sentence of periodic detention being imposed which extends beyond 30 June 2016. The Crimes (Sentencing) Amendment Bill 2015 represents the second stage and will introduce a new community-based sentencing option. The Crimes (Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill 2015 will make amendments to the Crimes (Child Sex Offenders) Act, the Crimes (Child Sex Offenders) Regulation 2005 and other ACT legislation to provide further enforcement and related mechanisms to better protect safety for our children.

The Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance) Reform Bill will introduce a new scheme to provide financial assistance to victims of crime. The Corrections Management Amendment Bill 2015 will make amendments to ensure that a detainee can be transferred to an interstate health facility for appropriate treatment and care if that care cannot be provided in the ACT.

The amendments to section 101 of the Terrorism (Emergency Temporary Powers) Act will protect our community. It is proposed to amend section 101 to extend the act for five years.

The Spent Convictions Bill 2015 will do the right things by Canberrans with historical convictions for consensual homosexual offences. It will provide a scheme for them to apply to have a conviction expunged—that is permanently erased—from their criminal record.

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