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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 12 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3810..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

that other forms of goods will be prescribed under the act. For this reason, the law is now being simplified by explicitly referring to motor vehicles.

The bill improves the existing legislation by including a definition of "notice of a registrable interest in a motor vehicle". Under the existing scheme, registration of a security interest has the effect of placing a prospective purchaser on constructive notice, and the failure to search the register maintained under the scheme will evidence lack of good faith. However, this does not deal with a situation where a purchaser has actual knowledge, or should have such knowledge, of the fact that there is a registrable interest, whether or not it is registered. This bill, in effect, ensures that notice encompasses constructive notice, actual knowledge of an interest, whether registered or not, or wilful ignorance.

Another improvement effected by the bill is the provision of an exemption in circumstances when a purchaser does not acquire a motor vehicle free of the registrable interest. The bill addresses the situation where there is a chain transaction and the eventual purchaser was acting in bad faith.

Mr Speaker, I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stanhope ) adjourned to the next sitting.


Mr Humphries, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs, Attorney - General and Treasurer) (11.09): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The purpose of the bill is to create offences relating to sexual servitude and deceptive recruiting for sexual services. In 1997 the Standing Committee of Attorneys - General requested that the Model Criminal Code Officers Committee examine a Commonwealth proposal to develop laws relating to sex slavery. The MCCOC report, which was released in November 1998 after a widespread public consultation process, proposed the enactment and model legislation covering slavery, sexual servitude and deceptive recruiting for sexual services.

The model provisions were developed in response to the international trade in people for the purposes of sexual exploitation. The AFP reports that Australia is a destination for this type of trade and, sadly, indications are that the problem is increasing.

Essentially, the trade involves recruiting people from one country and relocating them to another country to work as sex slaves in servile conditions for little, if any, reward. Workers are often placed into heavy security and their movements are strictly controlled.

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