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licence as certain activities will be authorised under the plan. These changes have been introduced in consultation with the local Aboriginal community, who are very supportive of the need for legislation allowing greater access to cultural resources.

Traditional custodians will be consulted further in the development of plans to enable cultural activities. Importantly, these provisions deliver against the government’s ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agreement 2019-28 and the commitment to embed traditional custodian aspirations, including access to natural resources, into legislation and policy”.

The bill will improve the alignment of licensing provisions under the Fisheries Act, the Nature Conservation Act and the Pest Plant and Animals Act. The prior provisions under the Fisheries Act only allowed a licence to be issued for commercial fishing, scientific purposes, priority species and the import/export of live fish. The new provisions allow licensing for a broader range of activities, including aquaculture. The changes do not alter the intent of current licensing provisions but will improve the administration of both acts by facilitating one process for managing all licences.

The bill also includes minor changes to the Pest Plants and Animals Act to recognise licences under the Fisheries Act. This is intended to allow research institutions to keep or import pest fish for the purposes of research.

In summary, this bill will improve fisheries management in the ACT, offer better protection to native fish and habitat and will, importantly, facilitate access to cultural resources for traditional custodians. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

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 the Arts and Cultural Events, Minister for Building Quality Improvement, Minister for Business and Regulatory Services and Minister for Seniors and Veterans) (11.17): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 to the Legislative Assembly. This bill will improve the operation and efficiency of the criminal justice system. The amendments in this bill will support our efforts to keep vulnerable people safe, to disrupt organised crime, and to ensure that our criminal justice system functions in line with this community’s high expectations.

First I will detail the amendments that enhance protections for vulnerable people. This bill improves the way our police, prosecutors and courts address family violence by

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