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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 1 May 1991



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 1 May 1991

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Parliamentary Record 3


Debates for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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DEBATES - Wednesday 1 May 1991 error is identified. I hope that, in the implementation of this legislation, there will be frequent cross-checking of the electronic data and the paper records. I realise one must move with the times and adopt time-saving devices. One must also consider the convenience of a centralised land transaction bureau. No doubt, that will save the government quite a bit of manpower which it has been seeking to do with its ERC. It will also save time in that transactions enacted in other parts of the Territory can be immediately accessed in the central electronic bureau in Darwin. With those few remarks, I support the legislation. I hope that my concerns are not realised or are negligible when this legislation is implemented. Motion agreed to; bills read a second time. In committee: Real Property Amendment Bill (Serial 20): Bill, by leave, taken as a whole. Clause 18: Mr BELL (by leave): Mr Chairman, I move that clause 18 be amended by omitting proposed new section 191E(6). Proposed new section 191E(6) says: (6) The Registrar-General may, in relation to access by a person, provide access in a way to limit the liability of (a) the Registrar-General of the Territory; (b) the Commonwealth: (c) a statutory authority of the Territory or the Commonwealth, a local government body or a prescribed organisation; or (d) an employee of the Territory or the Commonwealth or of a statutory authority, local government body or prescribed organisation referred to in paragraph (c), for an omission from, or misstatement or inaccuracy in, information obtained by provision by the Registrar-General of access referred to in subsection (4) or of a certificate or statement referred to in subsection (5). Mr Chairman, as the Attorney-General will be well aware, there has been considerable concern about liability in relation to the negligent provision of information. That concern has been heightened most recently by the decision in Shaddock and Associates v Parramatta City Council, where a solicitor acting for a landholder sought information from the Parramatta City Council in respect of the zoning requirements of a piece of land and a council employee provided information which was substantially incorrect. Acting on that information, the solicitor advised his client, who suffered a substantial financial loss because of incorrect information about zoning. The end result was a landmark decision in Australia because, previously, the courts had been very reluctant to provide relief for individuals who 872

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