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Mr Speaker, let me make it perfectly plain for Mr Moore to read in the Hansard record that the Government does not intend to let these sorts of incidents go without comment; that we do intend that these should form part of the record of the operation of the Act and the code in the first six months or so of their existence; that if it appears to us - and of course to the rest of the Assembly - that further action needs to be taken to protect parties in the ACT appropriately, whether they are landlords or tenants, this Government will certainly be part of the process of providing that protection. We have expressed our view that there ought to be better synchronisation of the provisions of this code or this Act with those in New South Wales. For businesses which operate between those two jurisdictions, that is an ongoing matter of concern.
MR SPEAKER: Order! It being 4.30 pm, I propose the question:
That the Assembly do now adjourn.
Mr Humphries: I require the question to be put forthwith without debate.
Question resolved in the negative.
COMMERCIAL AND TENANCY TRIBUNAL LEGISLATION
Discussion of Matter of Public Importance
MR HUMPHRIES: I put on record that fact. We certainly would not concede that the Act has failed completely at this point or that there has even been a significant failure of people to get the benefit of it. Certainly many have. Mr Moore might like to contact my office if he has some examples of cases which he does not believe have been satisfied by the terms of the Act as it stands now. Again, I say that, in particular, landlords in the ACT must be on notice that there are certain standards we expect to be complied with; and, if there is a consistent and wilful desire to flout the existing spirit in which this particular legislation was enacted, then it may be necessary to come back and examine this question afresh.
MR CONNOLLY (4.31): I welcome Mr Humphries's remarks. As he is the Attorney-General and Minister responsible for this code, I think it is unfortunate that Mr Moore has not been present to hear them. I was not present during all of Mr Moore's remarks; but I was listening to the opening part through the sound system, and I got down here as quickly as I could. Mr Moore is really adopting a counsel of perfection here in criticising the Labor Party and putting us in the same sort of basket as the Liberal Party