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CAPI: Amendments to NHT Act won't derail court action

Published: Wednesday March 6, 2013 | 2:17 pm with audio | Comments 0

Civil society group, Citizens United for Principle and Integrity (CAPI), says Parliamentary approval for amendments to the National Housing Trust (NHT), Act to allow the drawdown of funds will not derail its court action against the move.

Yesterday, the Government used its majority in the House of Representatives to pass amendments to the NHT Act, to allow the drawdown of $45 billion from the entity despite the insistence by opposition parliamentarians that the move is illegal.

The Government is planning to take $11.4 billion annually for the next four years from the Trust for budgetary support.

Co-convenor of CAPI, Hugh Fagan, said the group is disappointed but not surprised.

He says the group is now ready to proceed with this Friday’s second court hearing into a motion that the Government’s drawdown on the NHT is illegal.

Last Friday’s hearing was adjourned, after it was revealed that documents from the claimant, Mario Harley, are outstanding.

Fagan says everything is now in place.

The amendments to the NHT Act will now be brought before the Senate for approval.

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