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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 01 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 February 2016) . . Page.. 38 ..

The government is aware of concerns that have been raised that bringing guardianship and financial management functions into the same office results in a perception of conflict of interest. While the government understands this concern, we do not agree with it. There are clear links between the decisions made for a person by guardians and managers who must promote the wishes and interests of their clients. This includes consideration of personal protection, lifestyle, community involvement and financial interests—within the constraints of the person’s means and in consultation with a person’s carers or other people with an interest in the protection of the person.

The decision making is guided by the decision-making principles of section 4 of the Guardianship and Management of Property Act 1991. Therefore the Public Trustee and Guardian, headed by a Public Trustee and Guardian, provides a more accessible service and brings a wider perspective and range of skills to the protection of the best interests of clients.

Madam Speaker, I commend the bill to the Assembly. (Time expired.)

Question put:

That the bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 7

Mr Barr

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Coe

Mrs Jones

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Capital Metro, Minister for Health, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Climate Change) (12.08): Pursuant to standing order 182A(a) and (b) I seek leave to move together amendments to this bill that are urgent and minor and technical in nature.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: I move amendments Nos 1 to 7 circulated in my name together [see schedule 1 at page 100]. I table a supplementary explanatory statement to the government amendments.

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