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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 24 August 1995) . . Page.. 1412 ..


Mr Speaker, it is worth saying just a couple of words. The main reasons behind this motion are the same as those for my previous motion on publishing. As with all inquiries, if possible we will table our report on this inquiry in the Assembly; but if the timing makes that difficult or would mean a long delay we need to have the matter covered appropriately. That is the reason for the motion today.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

AUTHORITY TO RECORD AND BROADCAST PROCEEDINGS

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General): I ask for leave to move a motion regarding the recording of proceedings today, 24 August.

Leave granted.

MR HUMPHRIES: I move:

That the Assembly authorises:

(1) the recording on video tape without sound by ABC Pay TV of proceedings during question time, today, 24 August 1995; and

(2) the use by that television channel of any part of the recorded proceedings in subsequent news, current affairs and documentary programs and not for the purposes of satire or ridicule.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MAGISTRATES COURT (CIVIL JURISDICTION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1995

Debate resumed from 4 May 1995, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CONNOLLY (11.46): Mr Speaker, this Bill, on the face of it, authorises a bailiff to come around and bash your door down and enter your premises. I must say that it was very tempting when the Bill was produced to treat this as a “Shock, horror; Gary Humphries sends the bailiffs around to beat your door down” invasion of civil liberties issue. But, despite the apparently dramatic nature of this Bill, it is in fact a Bill which we had looked at before the change of government. It corrects a minor gap in the very substantial legislation that was passed last year, the Magistrates Court (Enforcement of Judgments) Act 1994, which itself was based on a very long-term Australian Law Reform Commission study of the way debt recovery processes occur.


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