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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4934 ..


Debate resumed from 29 August 1996, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Debate resumed from 21 November 1996, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR WHITECROSS (Leader of the Opposition) (12.21 am): The Opposition will be supporting this legislation. It has been introduced at the request of the Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. It deals with some administrative issues in relation to their trusts which are necessary, particularly in relation to bequests, where sometimes the objects of trust funds can cause difficulties. It is in everybody's interest that there be some mechanism for resolving these difficulties. The Opposition is happy to support this legislation.

MR MOORE (12.21 am): Mr Speaker, it is not very often recently that I have had the opportunity to stand in support of the Roman Catholic Church; so I thought I would take this opportunity, in spite of some of the terrible things the bishop said. This may be a surprise to some, but there were some members who spotted me outside the other day having a cup of coffee with the bishop. I just want to assure members that we were not discussing this piece of legislation. I have come to a decision on my own to support this piece of legislation.

MR OSBORNE (12.22 am): I would just like Mr Moore to know that his support on this issue has been noted, and I will relay it to the relevant authorities.

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (12.23 am), in reply: I thank members for their support. I did wonder why this Bill was called the Roman Catholic Church Property Trust (Amendment) Bill. The church in this country calls itself the Catholic Church, not the Roman Catholic Church. However, the view was taken that the legislation should retain the name in the New South Wales legislation. I am not going to argue with the church.

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