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MR CONNOLLY (Attorney-General, Minister for Housing and Community Services and Minister for Urban Services) (6.14), in reply: I thank members for their contributions. Really, the only thing to be done is to follow up on Mr Stefaniak's final comment about the urgency. The ACT Credit Tribunal has some 5,500 matters before it, some 2,000 involving Westpac and some 3,500 involving the State Bank of New South Wales. The tribunal has adjourned the hearing of those applications until 20 December, pending this legislation achieving passage. So, this legislation being passed this evening will enable that hearing to proceed.

As Mr Collaery says, this is a little class action, and it will be interesting to see how that operates, because we have talked a lot about class actions in this country and we have not actually seen an action involving such a large number of consumer claims dealt with as a class action. Like Mr Collaery, I wish the process well.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Wood) agreed to:

That order of the day No. 7, Executive business, be postponed until the next day of sitting.


Debate resumed from 5 December 1991, on motion by Mr Wood:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR JENSEN (6.16): I rise today to support this Bill in principle, although I foreshadow that I will be moving a couple of minor amendments during the detail stage. These amendments have been prepared in consultation with the Canberra Kennel Association, whose representatives, I understand, have raised these matters with the Minister, without success. I trust, however, that I will be able to sway the Minister and members by force of argument. I might add that, in the preparation of those amendments very quickly this afternoon, I received some advice from officers of the Parliamentary Counsel's Office who made sure that we got the format correct. I would like to thank them for that.

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