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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 5 Hansard (16 May) . . Page.. 1869 ..


MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (4.54): The opposition opposes this clause. Given that legal costs and charges are already regulated under the Legal Profession Act 2006 and the Court Procedures Rules, we do not think this is necessary.

Clause 281 agreed to.

Clauses 282 to 375, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 376.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, Minister for Tourism and Special Events and Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment) (4.56): I move amendment No 48 circulated in my name [see schedule 2 at page 1902]. The purpose of this amendment is to reinforce compliance with statutory licence conditions under the scheme, particularly conditions that apply to an insurer's conduct and practices in handling applications and claims for injured people. The penalty unit for a corporation is currently $810. This amendment significantly increases the number of penalty units for a breach.

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (4.56): The Greens agree to this amendment. One of the things we have been talking about with the government is that it is very important that the insurance companies do the right thing in this or any other CTP scheme. This amendment increases the maximum penalty for an offence committed by an insurer for contravening a condition of the MAI insurer licence from 100 to 200 penalty points. We hope this will be enough to ensure that insurers do the right thing. This will be something which can be looked at in the three-year review if it is not enough. It should be.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 376, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 377 agreed to.

Clause 378.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, Minister for Tourism and Special Events and Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment) (4.57): I move amendment No 49 circulated in my name [see schedule 2 at page 1902]. This relates to the previous one. It is consequential.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 378, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 379 to 428, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 429.


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