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INSURANCE CONTRACTS BILL 1983

The Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans), pursuant to notice, moved-That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to reform and modernise the law relating to certain contracts of insurance so that a fair balance is struck between the interests of insurers, insureds and other members of the public and so that the provisions included in such contracts, and the practices of insurers in relation to such contracts, operate fairly, and for related purposes.

Question-put and passed.

Bill presented and, on the motion of Senator Gareth Evans, read a first time.

Suspension of Standing Orders: Senator Gareth Evans, pursuant to contingent notice, moved-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

Question-put and passed.

Senator Gareth Evans moved-That this Bill be now read a second time.

On the motion of Senator Durack the debate was adjourned.

Ordered-That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.