Michelle Lensink

Win for border communities

South Australian border communities received a win yesterday as the Labor Government expressed support for the Liberal Party’s Bill to ensure interstate enduring powers of attorney (EPAs) are recognised in South Australia.

The Hon Michelle Lensink MLC introduced the Bill into Parliament mid last year amid concerns from Mount Gambier residents who experienced financial hardship, including a near-eviction from a nursing home, because South Australia doesn't recognise interstate orders.

“After being contacted by residents of Mount Gambier who experienced difficulties with a family member's EPA which was signed in Victoria, I sought to amend the legislation which prevents recognition,” Ms Lensink said.

After undertaking an extensive consultation process, Ms Lensink introduced the Bill into Parliament in June 2012 and has received support from people living in Mildura and Broken Hill, who often come to SA for health services.

“I am shocked that it has taken this long for South Australia to recognise interstate legal instruments. South Australian EPAs have been recognised in Victoria since 2003 – it only makes sense that we have the same legislative provisions here,” Ms Lensink said.

“Today is a win for all of South Australia’s border communities.”

Ms Lensink will seek to bring the Bill to vote in coming weeks.

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