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MR DE DOMENICO (Minister for Urban Services) (11.51): Mr Speaker, I have just discussed it with the Attorney-General and he assures me that in order to avoid anybody being high-handed he has agreed to appoint short bailiffs if possible.

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (11.52), in reply: Mr Speaker, I thank members around the chamber for their support for the Bill. The idea of giving bailiffs more power was certainly a matter I discussed with my colleague Mr Stefaniak, and he thought it was a wonderful idea. He said, “You will not have any troubles with that”. I thought that was all the go-ahead that I needed. I remind members - - -

Mr Connolly: This is your civil liberties safeguard - check with Stefaniak first?

MR HUMPHRIES: That is right; exactly.

Mr Connolly: We can all rest comfortably in our beds, I am sure!

MR HUMPHRIES: Indeed; plus all legislation introduced by this Government, Mr Connolly.

Mr Speaker, members should be assured that the bailiff may exercise only such force as is reasonable and necessary in the circumstances to enforce this capacity. Indeed, the bailiff already has such a capacity in respect of the seizure of goods for sale under a writ of execution. So there is no significant erosion of civil liberties entailed in this legislation. I thank members for their support.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Debate resumed from 11 May 1995, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Debate (on motion by Ms Follett) adjourned.

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