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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14979

Mr Murphy asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 12 February 2003:

Has he written to the New South Wales Bar Association recommending that the bankrupt barristers identified by Paul Barry in his articles published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 26 and 27 February 2001, be struck off for malpractice; if so, when; if not, why not.

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

No. The regulation of the legal profession is a responsibility of State and Territory Governments. As indicated in the answer to Question on Notice 1461, I coordinated the discussion of this matter by State and Territory Attorneys-General at the meetings of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General at Adelaide in March 2001 and Darwin in July 2001.