12 March 1991 - Current
TRAVEL AGENTS REPEAL BILL 2013
13 November 2013
|ASSEMBLY||Statement of Compatibility||VICTORIA|
TRAVEL AGENTS REPEAL BILL 2013 Statement of compatibility Ms VICTORIA (Minister for Consumer Affairs) tabled following statement in accordance with Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006: In accordance with section 28 of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (the 'charter act'), I make this statement of compatibility with respect to the Travel Agents Repeal Bill 2013. In my opinion, the Travel Agents Repeal Bill 2013, as introduced to the Legislative Assembly, is compatible with human rights as set out in the charter act. I base my opinion on the reasons outlined in this statement. Overview of bill The bill will repeal the Travel Agents Act 1986, giving effect to a commitment on 7 December 2012 by a majority of Australian governments, including Victoria, to repeal existing state and territory travel agents' legislation by 1 July 2014 and wind up the Travel Compensation Fund. The bill will also give effect to the Victorian government's commitment to reduce the costs of licensing and registration for businesses, as outlined in the Minister for Consumer Affairs' statement of expectations on 18 April 2013. Human rights issues 1. Human rights protected by the charter act that are relevant to the bill The bill does not raise any human rights issues. 2. Consideration of reasonable limitations -- section 7(2) As the bill does not raise any human rights issues, it does not limit any human rights and, therefore, it is not necessary to consider section 7(2) of the Charter Act. The Hon. Heidi Victoria, MP Minister for Consumer Affairs
The SPEAKER -- Order! The Minister for Consumer Affairs is having some trouble with her throat, and it would be appreciated if members could be quiet.
Mr Wynne -- If I may, Speaker, we are happy to assist the minister. Clearly she is struggling with some health issues. If it assists the minister, we are perfectly happy to have the second-reading speech tabled and incorporated into Hansard. Ms Asher -- I thank the member for Richmond for that offer. We have processes in place in relation to second-reading speeches, but it is a generous offer. The minister has indicated that she is well able to continue.