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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . . Page.. 4886..


MR SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Smyth. I will name you if you do not sit down.

Mr Smyth: The point of order clearly says—

MR SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Smyth.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Mortgage relief fund

Industrial relations—work safety

MS GALLAGHER: On Tuesday, Mr Coe asked me a question about the mortgage relief fund—I think it was Mr Coe—around the cost of the work done by the Centre for Commercial Law at the ANU. The cost of that work was $5,000 plus GST. All other costs of developing and administering the scheme have been absorbed by Treasury with revenue office staff administering the scheme.

The groups and organisations consulted for the mortgage relief scheme were: the ANU Centre for Commercial Law; CARE financial counselling services; Queensland, New South Wales and Victorian state government housing departments; the Legal Aid Commission; the ACT Council of Social Services; and financial institutions including Westpac Corporation, National Australia Bank, the Commonwealth Bank, Aussie, Bendigo Bank, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, St George Bank, Community CPS Australia and Members Equity.

Also consulted were the Australian Bankers Association, the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia, Abacus—Australian Mutuals, Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Credit Ombudsman Service, ACT Office of Regulatory Services, the Financial Ombudsman Service, the Public Advocate of the ACT, the ACT Law Society; and peak accounting bodies, including the National Institute of Accountants, the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Association of Certified Practising Accountants ACT.

In relation to a question around the work health and safety legislation and when it would be introduced, it is flagged for introduction in the autumn 2011 sittings.

Insurance—common law damages claims

MR CORBELL: Yesterday in question time Mr Seselja asked me about a keynote address that I gave to the Australian Lawyers Alliance ACT branch conference. He asked me:

In that speech, did you indicate that the ACT government would not be introducing thresholds or caps or similar changes to access to common law? If yes, did those statements reflect government policy on the matter? If no, what did you say in relation to that matter?

In the speech I gave on 23 June 2006, I indicated that, while at the time general caps and thresholds were resisted in the ACT, that did not mean that the government would


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