Recognition of interstate Enduring Powers of Attorney passes final hurdle

12 Sep 2013 newsarchivemedia

Making life easier for regional communities close to state borders has taken a step forward today as the State Liberals’ Bill to ensure the legal recognition of interstate enduring powers of attorney passed the House of Assembly.

Deputy Leader Vickie Chapman introduced the Bill into the House of Assembly after it passed the Legislative Council in March.

Hon Michelle Lensink MLC introduced the Bill into Parliament last year after she was contacted by a Mount Gambier family who experienced financial hardship, including a near- eviction from a nursing home, because South Australia doesn't recognise interstate orders.

Ms Lensink recognised Troy Bell, the Liberal candidate for Mount Gambier as a strong advocate for a change in the law.

“Troy’s mother Rosemary Bell works in home support for Mount Gambier Community Health, so she knows a number of vulnerable and elderly people who will benefit from changing the law,” said Ms Lensink.

“My Bill brings South Australia into line with the rest of the country and will ensure recognition of valid enduring powers of attorney from every state and territory,” said Ms Lensink.

“The Liberal Party will continue to support regional communities continually neglected by the Weatherill Labor Government.

“It is vitally important that our regional border communities have an active voice in Parliament.”