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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 2 Hansard (21 May) . . Page.. 473 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

the concept. It is very important that any audit undertaken be undertaken with a very clear understanding of the role of auditing in the public sector, because public sector auditing is so different. I will be supporting Labor's amendment, and then supporting the motion, as amended.

MS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (11.58): Mr Speaker, as I think I mentioned in my speech, I am more than happy to accept the amendment. In fact, it is in line with the undertaking I gave to Mr Quinlan earlier today.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.




Debate resumed from 30 April 1998, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SPEAKER: Is it the wish of the Assembly to debate this order of the day concurrently with the Magistrates Court (Civil Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 1998? There being no objection, that course will be followed. I remind members that in debating order of the day No. 1 they may also address their remarks to order of the day No. 2.

MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition) (11.59): The Labor Party is quite happy to accept both of these Bills, Mr Speaker. We believe that they address an issue that practice has shown has created some problems in the community. We accept that the proposals are quite reasonable and that they facilitate the work of both the sheriff and the bailiff in relation to executing judgments against judgment debtors.

There is one issue I did raise with the Minister outside the chamber earlier today in relation to finalisation of the investigation of the forced sale of a house in McKellar which led to the determination to proceed with this legislation. The Minister did indicate to me informally that he might be prepared to give the house some details of how that particular matter was finalised by the Law Society. If the Minister can do that, I think it would be of some interest to members of the Assembly. Apart from that, we accept the wisdom of these pieces of legislation.

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