Single water body legislation to be debated

LEGISLATION to create a single statewide water and sewerage body is set to be debated in State Parliament today.

If passed by both houses, the Water and Sewerage Corporation Bill will transfer the assets, liabilities and employees of Ben Lomond Water, Cradle Mountain Water, Southern Water and Onstream to the new corporation.

The corporation, which is yet to be named, is due to be up and running by July 1.

It is just one of the major pieces of legislation slated to be debated in the six sitting days that remain for the House of Assembly.

Also on today's agenda is the third reading of the Electoral Amendment Bill, which will outlaw political donations from tobacco companies.

Labor and the Greens will pass the legislation - with vehement opposition from the Liberal Party, which is the only major party accepting such donations in the state.

Debate is also expected to begin on the Mental Health Bill and to continue on a bill to facilitate the sale of computer games classified R18+ in line with federal laws that will come into effect on January 1.

Later in the week the state government is expected to begin debating the Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill.

It is unclear whether legislation to overhaul the state's energy sector will be tabled this week or next as negotiations between Labor and the Greens drag on.

In the Legislative Council today, it is private members time.

Rumney MLC Tony Mulder is expected to seek support for organ donation to be an "opt out" decision rather than "opt in".


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