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Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Page: 2709


Mr DREYFUS (IsaacsAttorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management) (09:26): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

I am pleased to present the Court Security (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2013.

The Court Security Bill 2013 provides a new framework for court security arrangements for federal courts and tribunals. The new framework will meet the security needs of the modern court environment by providing a range of powers for security officers and limited powers for authorised court officers to ensure that court premises are safe and secure environments.

The Court Security Bill will replace the current security framework for federal courts and tribunals under the Public Order (Protection of Persons and Property) Act 1971, which no longer meets the security needs of the modern court environment.

This companion Consequential Amendments Bill allows proper implementation of the new framework.

This bill will achieve this by removing the existing provisions in the Public Order Act that would otherwise overlap with provisions in the Court Security Bill. I commend the bill to the House.

Debate adjourned.