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Wednesday, 8 May 1985
Page: 1491

Senator COATES —by leave-Today is the last opportunity to give notice of motion for disallowance of each of these pieces of delegated legislation, so I am doing that, but in such a way as to allow time for further examination before the notices are dealt with. The Credit Ordinance implements in the Australian Capital Territory some far-reaching reforms of the law of credit and contains provisions which the Committee is still examining according to its principles. We have received a detailed reply from the Minister for Territories (Mr Scholes) on some matters and are awaiting a further letter from him. The Supervision of Offenders (Community Service Orders) Ordinance contains a provision which the Committee is concerned to satisfy itself does not trespass unduly on personal rights and liberties. The Crimes (Amendment) Ordinance contains a provision relating to the service of documents in criminal matters. Service may be either personal or substituted. Substituted service is effected by leaving a copy of the document at a home or business address with a person who is 'apparently' resident or employed there and 'apparently' over the age of 16 years. The Committee has written to the Attorney-General (Mr Lionel Bowen) suggesting that the word 'apparently' is subjective and that a more objective test should replace it. The Committee has not yet received a reply from the Minister.