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The bill also contains amendments to implement minor additional changes to the ICRC act that have been identified during consultation undertaken in developing the bill. These changes are complementary to the amendments directly responding to the Grant review and are consistent with the overarching aim of improving the legislative framework in which regulated pricing services are delivered in the territory.

The proposed amendments contained within this bill will help to improve the operation and the effectiveness of the ICRC act in advance of the upcoming pricing investigations to be undertaken by the commission for retail electricity prices for small customers and for regulated water and sewerage prices.

The government is committed to the ongoing process of implementing the recommendations of the Grant review for changes to the broader framework for the provision of regulated pricing services in the territory. The presentation of this bill today to the Assembly represents the next step within this process. I commend the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission Amendment Bill 2016 to the Assembly.

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

Lifetime Care and Support (Catastrophic Injuries) Amendment Bill 2016 (No 2)

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Urban Renewal) (10.09): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Today I am pleased to present the Lifetime Care and Support (Catastrophic Injuries) Amendment Bill 2016 (No 2). The purpose of the bill is to amend the Lifetime Care and Support (Catastrophic Injuries) Act 2014 to address an anomaly that arose during the drafting of that act that left some ACT government-owned vehicles not covered by the lifetime care and support scheme. The bill also seeks to address various inefficiencies that have come to light since the LTCS scheme commenced operation on 1 July 2014 relating to the delivery of scheme benefits to overseas participants.

As all members are I am sure aware, the act introduced a no-fault indemnity insurance scheme to provide lifetime treatment and care support for those catastrophically injured in a motor accident in the ACT from 1 July 2014. The announcement of the scheme fulfilled the first stage of the government’s commitment to introduce in the ACT a national injury insurance scheme for motor accidents, consistent with the nationally agreed minimum benchmarks.

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