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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 3000..


LAND TITLES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1995

[COGNATE BILL:

LAND TITLES (CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS) BILL 1995]

Debate resumed from 23 November 1995, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SPEAKER: Is it the wish of the Assembly to debate this order of the day concurrently with order of the day No. 4, Land Titles (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1995? There being no objection, that course will be followed. I remind members that in debating order of the day No. 3 they may also address their remarks to order of the day No. 4.

MR CONNOLLY (4.06): These two Bills, essentially, are technical amendments which tidy up the black letter area of conveyancing law which has developed following a report some years ago by the Federal Law Reform Commission. They have been drafted in consultation with the Law Society and the credit unions. They have the support of the Opposition.

MR MOORE (4.06): The Land Titles (Amendment) Bill was tabled on 23 November. The Bills are generally, as Mr Connolly says, mechanical provisions. Many of the provisions are based on a fairly recent Queensland Act and clarify conveyancing and make conveyancing easier. I have not had the opportunity to have them checked through, in the way that I normally would, by other people. My reading of them does not cause me any real concerns at this stage; but I draw to the Minister's attention that, if a concern comes up on them, then I hope that he would ensure that I have access to Parliamentary Counsel to draft any further amendments if they are necessary. On the face of it, it appears to me that they are appropriate. At this stage I am prepared to support the legislation both in principle and at the detail stage.

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General and Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning) (4.07), in reply: I thank members for their support. I warmly endorse what members have said, whatever that was. I hope that this will prove to be effective legislation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


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