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NATIVE TITLE AMENDMENT (TRIBUNAL APPOINTMENTS) BILL 1997

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the Bill be now read a second time—

Debate resumed.

Paper

Mr Williams (Attorney-General and Minister for Justice) presented a supplementary explanatory memorandum to the Bill.

Question—put and passed—Bill read a second time.


Consideration in detail

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

On the motion of Mr Williams, by leave, the following amendments were made together:

Schedule 1—

Page 3 (before line 5), before item 1, insert:

1A Subsection 95(3)

 Repeal the subsection, substitute:

 (3) A person is not to be appointed as Registrar unless:

  (a) the person is enrolled as a legal practitioner of the High Court, of another federal court or of the Supreme Court of a State or Territory; and

 (b) the person has substantial experience in relation to:

   (i) Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander societies; or

 (ii) the law; or

 (iii) administration; or

 (iv) any other activities relevant to the duties of the Registrar.

Item 1, page 3 (lines 17 to 20), omit subsection (2), substitute:

  Qualifications

 (2) A person is not to be appointed to act as Registrar unless:

  (a) the person is enrolled as a legal practitioner of the High Court, of another federal court or of the Supreme Court of a State or Territory; and

 (b) the person has substantial experience in relation to:

   (i) Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander societies; or

 (ii) the law; or

 (iii) administration; or

 (iv) any other activities relevant to the duties of the Registrar.

Mr Melham moved the following amendment: Schedule 1, item 2, page 4 (lines 1-8), omit the item.

Debate continued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Mr Reid, in the Chair)—

AYES, 41

Mr AlbaneseMr Griffin*Ms MacklinMr Quick
Mr BeddallMr HattonMr McLeayMr Sercombe*
Mr BevisMr HoldingMr McMullanMr S. F. Smith
Mr BreretonMr HollisMr MartinMr Tanner
Mr BrownMr JenkinsMr MelhamDr Theophanous
Mr CreanMr JonesMr A. A. MorrisMr K. J. Thomson
Mrs CrosioMr KerrMr P. F. MorrisMr Willis
Mr DargavelMr LathamMr MossfieldMr Wilton
Mr M. J. EvansDr LawrenceMr O[quot ]Connor
Mr FitzgibbonMr LeeMr O[quot ]Keefe
Mr E. L. Grace*Mr McClellandMr Price

NOES, 79

Mr AbbottMr DondasDr KempMr Ruddock
Mr AndersonMr DownerMr LiebermanMr Scott
Mr J. N. AndrewMrs DraperMr LindsayMr Sharp
Mr K. J. AndrewsMrs ElsonMr LloydMr Sinclair
Mr AnthonyMr R. D. C. EvansMr McArthur*Mr Slipper*
Mrs BaileyMr FaheyMr McDougallMr A. C. Smith
Mr R. C. BaldwinMrs GallusMr McGauranMr Somlyay
Mr BarresiMs GambaroMr McLachlanMrs Stone
Mr BartlettMrs GashMr MarekMr Taylor
Mr BillsonMr GeorgiouMr MilesMr A. P. Thomson
Mr BradfordMrs E. J. GraceMrs MoylanMr Truss
Mr BroadbentMr HardgraveMr MutchMr Tuckey
Mr BroughMr HawkerMr NairnMr M. A. J. Vaile*
Mr CadmanMr HockeyMr NehlMrs D. S. Vale
Mr E. H. CameronMs JeanesDr NelsonMr Wakelin
Mr R. A. CameronMrs JohnstonMr NevilleMrs West
Mr CausleyMr JullMr ProsserMr Williams
Mr CharlesMr KatterMr PyneDr Wooldridge
Mr CobbMrs D. M. KellyMr RandallMr Zammit
Mr CostelloMiss J. M. KellyMr Ronaldson

* Tellers

And so it was negatived.

On the motion of Mr Williams, the following amendment was made:

Schedule 1, page 4 (after line 8), at the end of the Schedule, add:

3 At the end of section 122

 Add:

 (4) Without limiting subsection (3), a person has a conflict of interest at a particular time in relation to an application under Part 3, or an inquiry by the Tribunal, if:

  (a) at that time, the person is employed by, or engaged as a consultant to, an organisation that has an interest in the subject matter of the application or the inquiry; or


 (b) at any time in the 12 months immediately before that time, the person was so employed or engaged.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Consideration in detail concluded.

On the motion of Mr Williams, by leave, the Bill was read a third time.