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Monday, 16 June 2003
Page: 16562


Mr Murphy asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 6 March 2003:

(1) Is he aware of reports that Mr Wayne Baffsky, a barrister practising criminal law, went bankrupt in 2000 owing $442,000 to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO); if not, why not.

(2) Concerning his News Release of 28 February 2001 titled Attorneys-General to consider compulsory reporting of bankruptcy for barristers, has he reported Mr Baffsky's bankruptcy to the New South Wales Bar Association; if so, when; if not, why not.


Mr Williams (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) No. It is not practical for me to be routinely informed about all operational matters relating to bankruptcy.

(2) The Government is not taking any specific action directed at Mr Baffsky. Suggested changes to bankruptcy and family law in respect of the activities of high income professionals are considered in an issues paper released in November 2002 by the Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia and the Attorney-General's Department. The paper was open for comment from the community and professional bodies until 20 February 2003. The comments are being reviewed by ITSA and AGD and will inform the Government's decision on appropriate action to take.