Introduction

In the previous chapters I have sought to explain the conclusions and recommendations I have reached about many of the issues that have arisen in the course of the Commission’s work. For the most part, the issues dealt with in the previous chapters have been seen, at least by some, as controversial. But not all of the issues raised in the course of the Commission’s work were of that kind.

Some issues were raised in the Interim Report but attracted little or no controversy. Mostly, I have addressed these in the earlier chapters of this Report. Other issues already considered and dealt with by other processes, but not implemented pending the outcome of this inquiry, attracted little or no controversy. One issue not raised in the Interim Report, but which was the subject of several submissions, is legal assistance and financial counselling services.

That these matters were not the subject of debate does not mean that they are unimportant. Nor is my leaving them to the last chapter of this Report to be taken as suggesting either that they are not significant matters or that they should not be implemented promptly. Each has its own particular part to play in responding to the conduct recorded in this Report and the Interim Report.

The last part of this chapter deals briefly with issues of regulatory complexity and proposes a path for achieving some simplification of what now is, or is in danger of becoming, an unduly complicated regulatory scheme.