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Validation Bill 2023

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Tuesday, 9 May 2023

Tags: Legislation

Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I will make a short contribution to support this Validation Bill before us. It is obvious from the Attorney-General's comments that the history of these two main matters before us that are being corrected here, one to the Coroners Act and the other to the Legal Profession Act, would both have probably stemmed from one person or multiple people having an 'oh shit' moment where people would have gone 'ha oh' and then they would have looked back and gone 'oh' and then they would have told someone else and they would have said the same thing. That process probably got repeated many times and I am sorry for those people. It must have been a little like stepping off a cliff moment.

Here we are and it is fortunately one of those small things that can be fixed. Certainly, we want to make sure that the administration of the Law Society is beyond technical challenge and that all the actions they have taken across the period in question under their guidelines, could not be taken to have been unlawful and that is being corrected.

Similarly, with the forensic pathologist powers under the Coroners Act, it is essential that there is no doubt that the authority granted to the forensic pathologist was that they did in fact have the powers that the act gives them to perform their work over that period in question. For the avoidance of all doubt and the prevention of any wasted time in legal challenges, we are happy to support the changes in this bill.