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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 30 March 2017) . . Page.. 1314 ..

this act by allowing the government to properly prepare for its implementation prior to its commencement. In anticipation of the new FOI scheme, the bill also makes some other minor amendments to the act.

The bill will also clarify that the open access information scheme, which requires government to publish some information, applies to documents that come into existence from the date of commencement. It will also clarify that, where people take advantage of the new option to ask the Ombudsman to mediate an FOI dispute, the government pays for mediators but not lawyers’ fees.

As in previous JACS bills, there is a suite of reforms in this bill today that removes inconsistencies, ensures legislation operates smoothly and removes obsolete provisions. In anticipation of the commencement of updates to the Australian Road Rules in the ACT and to ensure consistency with those rules, the bill makes consequential amendments to a range of road transport legislation.

The bill will make small amendments to the Magistrates Court (Sale of Motor Vehicles Infringement Notices) Regulation 2005, the Evidence Act 2011 and the Judicial Commissions Act 1994 to update definitions and cross-references. The amendments in this bill, taken as a whole, represent continual improvement in the ACT’s legislation. This package has improvements to help people access compensation for abuse. It will boost funding to address problem gambling and it will offer a wide range of improvements to make our legislation better serve the community. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR RAMSAY (Ginninderra—Attorney-General, Minister for Regulatory Services, Minister for the Arts and Community Events and Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (10.47): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Today I introduce the Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Bill 2017. To ensure our economy is able to grow and diversify, we must ensure that our regulatory framework is amended so that it is efficient and relevant. Reducing red tape is a part of this process and it is a priority for this government. It is about making it easier for Canberrans to do business and to go about their daily lives. That is why we remove or amend legislation that is inefficient or no longer fit for purpose. The government continues to carry out significant regulatory reform across key policy areas. This bill is supplementary to these larger reforms and amends various pieces of legislation to address an assortment of issues that would otherwise require separate bills.

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