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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 7994


Senator LUDWIG (9:35 PM) —So if a person were 15 years old—a minor—in New South Wales, they might not be able to sue in tort as a consequence of this legislation; is that the point you are putting? That is the point I am really worried about. There is that grey area when a person is somewhere between 13 and 17 years of age, especially because people mature at different rates, which influences their ability to comprehend notices. That is why we were minded to examine Senator Murray's amendment in a little more detail. That is the grey area that we really do concern ourselves with. We might end up with a young person between 13 and 16 years of age who may not be able to comprehend a notice on a door, whereas I admit that when I was 14 years old I probably did. Not everyone is going to mature at the same rate, and this does not take it into consideration. Perhaps the minister could comment on that.