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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 3832..


DENTISTS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1996

Debate resumed from 29 August 1996, on motion by Mrs Carnell:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR BERRY (11.22): Mr Speaker, this is a process that was put in place many years ago. The Minister's speech indicates that this is the eighth in a series of nine ACT health professional registration laws that are to be amended in accordance with the national recognition principles. That is a process which, of course, has been supported from the word go by the Labor Party. On examination of the Bill, it complies, so far as I can make out, with those principles or any standards which it may be necessary to embrace here in the ACT. I see that dental therapists get a special mention in the Minister's speech and, of course, are dealt with in the legislation. This is uncontroversial legislation which picks up proper national standards and will be supported by the Labor Party.

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Minister for Health and Community Care) (11.24), in reply: I thank members for their support on this piece of legislation. It has been a long time coming. I am sure that dentists and others will be pleased that it looks like finally being passed tonight.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

ADJOURNMENT

Answer to Question on Notice

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General and Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning) (11.24): I move:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr Speaker, earlier today I was asked by Ms Horodny for the reasons for the delay in answering question on notice No. 338. She asked me whether I would get back to her today as to the reasons why it was not tabled or made available at least in the 30 days required by the standing orders. I can give this information to Ms Horodny: The question was placed on the notice paper on 25 September. A response was received by my office from the Planning and Land Management Division of my colleague's department on or about 3 October. About seven days later, on 10 October, I approved the answer, subject to some amendments. The amendments were received back in the


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