Electronic Transactions Bill 2011

Extract from Hansard
[COUNCIL — Thursday, 23 June 2011]
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Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Sue Ellery; Hon Michael Mischin

ELECTRONIC TRANSACTIONS BILL 2011

Second Reading

Resumed from 23 February.

HON LYNN MacLAREN (South Metropolitan) [5.12 pm]: The Greens (WA) will support this bill. However,
I wanted to note to the house and the minister that the Electronic Transactions Bill is uniform legislation that was
referred to the Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation and Statutes Review. I draw attention to the report
from that committee, which is not an onerous read. The report is a matter of a few pages, and basically laments
the fact that the committee did not get any information on this bill in time to review it and to inform this house
about its ramifications and whether it will achieve the goals set out, presumably, by all states in Australia to
implement the electronic transactions system. This is a failure of the system, and I would like to hear the
parliamentary secretary representing the Attorney General’s comments on this matter. It was difficult for us to
determine whether this is a good bill. The reason we have the Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation and
Statutes Review is to provide us with that information. The recommendation of the committee was that the
Premier issue a Premier’s circular on uniform legislation, emphasising the need to provide the committee with
supporting documents on the date of tabling a uniform bill in the Parliament. Perhaps the debate on this bill can
be in reference to the need to get that information for the committee.

As far as Greens’ policies go, we support mechanisms to promote sustainable international trade and we want to
strengthen the regulatory frameworks for banks and financial institutions to ensure that consumers and investors
are better protected. This bill appears to do that, and we support the bill. The standing committee should have
been given adequate time to review the bill and it should have been given the supporting documentation to do
that review. Because of our policy position, we do not oppose the bill; we support the bill.