The problem that was being addressed is that the Constitution says that your property can only be taken away from you under the provisions of a law that prescribes how you are to be compensated. But, it does not say that you have to be compensated in cash. There have been times, in other parts of the Commonwealth, when governments have tried to compensate landowners by giving them bonds redeemable in 20 years. Others have tried to force alternative land on you. Courts have tended to hold that “compensation” means compensation in cash or its equivalent.
Members of the House of Assembly discussed this recommendation. It was the second time that they came up with a variation on the recommendations made by the Commission. They suggested another word. They took the view that “cash” was too restrictive. A wire transfer is not cash. A bank draft is not cash. A bank manager’s cheque is not cash. But, these are all as good as cash. They thought that the word “money” was a better word than “cash”. They came up with this suggestion in order to make the recommendation of the Commission more effective, more workable.
I do not have a problem with that. I am happy to accept their alternative suggestion.