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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 5 Hansard (15 May) . . Page.. 1456..


MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

In relation to public housing, while the Housing Trust has controlled a significant share of ACT rental housing stock, it has not been bound by the provisions of the 1949 Act. This has placed the trust in a position of competitive advantage in relation to private sector rental property owners. For example, it has not been required to issue notices to quit when evicting tenants. In discussions mediated by David Hughes of the CLRC, preparations for the inclusion of the Housing Trust in the proposed legislation have been concluded to the point where the private and public sector markets might be merged within the same basic legal regime under the proposed legislation.

Mr Speaker, I want to thank the many parties who have been involved in working through a very long process of public consultation over the Residential Tenancies Bill. I believe a very satisfactory outcome has been achieved in the process. I commend the Bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Wood) adjourned.

LEGAL PRACTITIONERS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1997

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (11.02): Mr Speaker, I present the Legal Practitioners (Amendment) Bill 1997, together with its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

I ask for leave to have my presentation speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

Document incorporated at Appendix 2.

Debate (on motion by Mr Wood) adjourned.

JURIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1997

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (11.02): I present the Juries (Amendment) Bill 1997, together with its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR HUMPHRIES: I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.


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