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7 December, 2006
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Ms MacTIERNAN: […] In a number of the cases I brought to this Parliament, the government agencies – that is, the Real Estate and Business Agents Supervisory Board, the Settlement Agents Supervisory Board, the ministry – point blank refused to provide any assistance whatsoever to the elderly people who had been defrauded of every penny they had. Lawyers – even some from the most conservative legal firms in this State – were so horrified by the travesty that had been perpetrated by the failure of the Minister’s department and agencies to deal with it, that they acted on a pro bono basis for these clients.

Mr Shave: What do you mean by that?

Ms MacTIERNAN: I will translate it: It means free of charge.

Mr Riebeling: The lead singer with U2!

Subject: Real Estate and Business Agents Amendment Bill [Legislative Council – Second Reading]

Date: 8 April 1998

Hansard reference: p. 1709 [online (pdf)]

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