Page 399 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 16 February 2016

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Many participants in the … consultations identified the ACT approach to the registration (and change) of sex on the Births, Deaths and Marriages Register as the preferred or ‘best practice’ model for any reform in this area.

The ACT government is proud of this view and is pleased to build on the solid base of best practice.

The final set of amendments that the bill makes changes proof of age cards to proof of identity cards. There are a number of reasons that an individual might not have photo identification in the form of a drivers licence or a passport. A drivers licence requires a person to be assessed as being fit to drive and passports are a relatively expensive way of getting identification. To date the proof of age card has been the only option for people in these circumstances. Reaffirming the proof of age card as the proof of identity card and including the option of having a person’s address on the card provides a form of photo identification to suit the greatest range of people with the most administrative efficiency. This is an area of particular interest to some of our older residents across the city who have expressed a view to me that having a proof of age card feels rather inappropriate for them, even if they do need an alternative form of identification than the traditional practice that most would use of having a drivers licence.

This bill makes a number of amendments that improve the choices for Canberrans in having their identity represented while also maintaining the integrity of the documents that the government issues. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Corrections, Minister for Education, Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs and Minister for Road Safety) (11.23), pursuant to standing order 182A(b), by leave, I move amendments Nos 1 to 3 circulated in my name together, and I have tabled a supplementary explanatory statement to the government amendments. [see schedule 1 at page 454].

I will speak briefly to the detail of these amendments. The first amendment I am moving makes it clear that an applicant for a name change is able to decide if their new name replaces their birth name on the front of their certificate or if the new name is noted on the back of the new certificate with details originally recorded at birth remaining unchanged. This amendment omits the current proposed section 21(3) and example and replaces it to make it clear that when the register is altered under proposed section 21(2)(a)(i) the change of name is made on the front of the certificate and when an application is made under proposed section 21(2)(a)(i)(B) the change of name is noted on the back of the certificate. This change is necessary to provide

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