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members of our community. I am advised, from outcomes of discussions with the community, that these groups are extremely keen for the implementation of the scheme, and rightly so.

Experience from other jurisdictions indicates that this scheme will substantially reduce litter in the public realm and it is expected to improve the recovery and recycling of eligible beverage containers. It may also lead to improved recovery of other waste through behavioural changes. This scheme will aim to fund better resource recovery infrastructure, increase local economic activity and provide greater employment opportunities.

This bill will ensure that the beverage industry manages the recovery of eligible beverage containers in a way that encourages recycling and recovery and discourages waste and litter in the community. The bill outlines a simple, easy process to introduce a container deposit scheme in the territory which is aligned with other schemes. It will reduce litter and promote recycling by engaging the Canberra community in an incentive-driven way. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Ms Lee) adjourned to the next sitting.

Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (No 2)

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) (11.04): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (No 2), or the JACS bill. This is the third JACS bill introduced in the Ninth Assembly and demonstrates the government’s continuing commitment to improving the operation of the territory’s laws. This bill is the result of wide consultation. We sought feedback and input from community organisations and from government agencies. Each JACS bill contains amendments that strengthen our legislation and improve our ability to serve this community.

The amendments in this bill will offer better services and improved processes for a range of different groups in our community. There will be improvements to the regulation, particularly of our legal profession and associations, there will be improvements to government transparency and operations and there will be more voices at the table when it comes to formulating policy around the regulation of alcohol.

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