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legislation that has gone through considerable scrutiny and engagement across all parties in this chamber. Frankly, it is a testament to the more constructive nature of this chamber, as opposed to what we see in the federal arena, that we are where we are today.

With the introduction and passage of this bill, the government and this Assembly will demonstrate their commitment to strengthening integrity and transparency measures and, I think, on delivering on our collective election platforms. I am looking forward to debate on this bill later this week. I am confident that the legislation will pass the Assembly with the tripartisan, unanimous support of all parties. This would be a demonstration that all sides of politics are committed to strengthening our territory’s governance frameworks.

Having said all of that, Madam Speaker, I thank the parliamentary drafters and the chief minister’s directorate in particular. They have worked incredibly hard on this legislation. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Integrity Commission (ACT Policing) Amendment Bill 2018—exposure draft

Paper and statement by minister

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, Minister for Tourism and Special Events and Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment) (12.14): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Integrity Commission (ACT Policing) Amendment Bill 2018—Exposure draft, together with an explanatory statement.

I ask leave to make a brief statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: As I just mentioned, I am now tabling the Integrity Commission (ACT Policing) Amendment Bill exposure draft, alongside the Integrity Commission Bill 2018. The exposure draft provides that the commission’s jurisdiction extends to members of ACT Policing.

The government firmly believes that ACT Policing should be included within the scope of the integrity commission, just as the police forces of other jurisdictions are covered by their integrity commissions. However, as is very clear, the Assembly currently does not have legislative power under the self-government act to make laws in relation to ACT Policing. The tabling of this exposure draft signals the government’s intention to cover ACT Policing within the jurisdiction of the ACT integrity commission. However, it is not possible at this time to include ACT Policing provisions within the bill without sufficient legislative power under the self-government act.

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