Page 4409 - Week 12 - Thursday, 24 October 2019

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Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Clauses 1 to 3, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 4.

MS LEE (Kurrajong) (5.33): I seek leave to move an amendment to this bill which has not been considered or reported on by the scrutiny committee.

Leave granted.

MS LEE: I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 4427]. As members can see, and as I discussed in the in-principle stage of the debate, the change is minor and continues to achieve the goal of providing the ACT with a 100 per cent renewable electricity supply for the coming decade. Importantly, it keeps the core role of this Assembly in the process, ensuring that this goal is entrenched and visible, to allow greater certainty to the renewables sector and to the public. Both the Chief Minister and Mr Rattenbury have stated that there is support for my amendment. I thank members for that.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 4, as amended, agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Amendment Bill 2019

Debate resumed from 24 September 2019, on motion by Mr Ramsay:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (5.35): The Canberra Liberals will support this bill. The changes arise from recommendations made to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. They include the introduction of ground rules hearings, which are a pre-hearing process where the court takes into consideration the communication, special support or other needs of a witness and sets ground rules accordingly. They also include the introduction of witness intermediaries. A witness intermediary is defined as:

… an independent communication specialist whose role is to assist a person with communication difficulties to communicate their best evidence to police and to the Court.

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