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published. Every citizen has a right to that confidentiality in counsel, and that is a right more of the citizen than of the legal profession. So it should not be portrayed that the view of the Government, which is shared by the Opposition, is somehow pandering to the legal profession. We are, on the contrary, asserting an important right of the citizen.

Mr Speaker, I do not want to make any more remarks at this stage. As I say, I think the responsible course is to adjourn the debate, as the Attorney indicated. We will look at the documents and look at the legal advice; but as advised at present our inclination would be that the sub judice rule is important, and the principle of legal professional privilege as a right of the citizen, not the legal profession, is also important.

Debate (on motion by Mr Humphries) adjourned.


MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, I seek to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Please proceed, Mr Moore.

MR MOORE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Mr Collaery suggested in his speech that there was a possibility that I made an allegation of untoward behaviour in some way between the solicitors Allen, Allen and Hemsley and Westpac. I believe that at no stage have I made any allegation about the relationship between that firm of solicitors and barristers and Westpac.


Motion (by Mr Collaery) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Black Mountain Fire : Hydrotherapy Pool

MR BERRY (4.45): Members will have smelt the smoke through the building this afternoon. It arises, of course, from a large fire over on Black Mountain. I just ask members to spare a thought for - I do not know in which priority order to give these things - the environment, the forest around Black Mountain, people's property and the CSIRO, but particularly the firefighters and all the other emergency workers such as the police and ambulance officers who,

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