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JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON THE NATIONAL CAPITAL AND EXTERNAL TERRITORIES - 12/04/2010 - Territories Law Reform Bill 2010
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON THE NATIONAL CAPITAL AND EXTERNAL TERRITORIES
Joint committee
Monday, 12 April 2010
Territories Law Reform Bill 2010
Final

CHAIR (Senator Lundy) —I declare open this public meeting of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories. The committee is inquiring into the Territories Law Reform Bill 2010 and welcomes representatives of the Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Finance and Deregulation to today’s hearing. I am joined by Mr Dick Adams here at Parliament House and, by teleconference, Senator Trish Crossin and Senator Alan Ferguson. Thank you to members for making themselves available.

The evidence given today will be recorded by Hansard and attracts parliamentary privilege. Before introducing witnesses I will refer members of the media who may be monitoring this hearing to the need to fairly and accurately report the proceedings of the committee. I would also like to say that members of the joint standing committee, who are Mr Dick Adams, me, Senator Alan Ferguson and Senator Judith Adams, travelled to Norfolk Island last week for public hearings on this bill. So we are fresh back from those hearings for today’s hearings.

We do have a little bit of business to proceed with. The committee has received a submission and exhibit, as listed, in relation to the inquiry into the Territories Law Reform Bill from Ms Katherine Adams-Friend and Mr Ernie Friend and an exhibit from the Hon. Adrian Cook QC. Is it the wish of the committee that the submission from Ms Adams-Friend and Ernie Friend be received and authorised for publication? There being no objection, it is so ordered. Is it also the wish of the committee that the document received from the Hon. Adrian Cook RFD QC in relation to the inquiry into the Territories Law Reform Bill 2010 be included in the committee’s records as an exhibit? There being no objection, it is so ordered.

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