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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 12 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3923..

MR WOOD (continuing):

resolve one of the problems that the board faces. I look to future occasions when members of a different profession may join boards not just for specific purposes, as in this case, but to provide a perspective different to that of the professionals that normally serve on boards.

MR MOORE (Minister for Health, Housing and Community Care) (9.46), in reply: I thank members for their support. Mr Wood may be aware that we are preparing omnibus legislation to cover all boards. I hope to be able to circulate at least a draft version of that in the not too distant future, perhaps even before the next sitting, so that we can take into account the issue that you have just raised. Thank you for your support.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


BILL 2000 .

Debate resumed from 18 October 2000, on motion by Mr Humphries , on behalf of Mr Smyth:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HARGREAVES (9.47): The opposition will be supporting the Construction Practitioners Registration Amendment Bill 2000. The bill changes the professional indemnity insurance required to be held by private building certifiers registered under the Construction Practitioners Registration Act 1998. The insurance is intended to allow private certifiers to meet their potential liability for negligence. Ambiguities exist between the requirements of the act for insurance and the further details that appear in the Construction Practitioners Registration Regulations. The bill will remove the details from the act.

The regulations will be altered to change the details of description of the insurance and remove any implication that the insurance covers every negligent action by a building certifier or plumbing plan certifier or that an insurer who begins to provide building certifiers with insurance is unable to stop doing so. Furthermore, they will make it clear that a building certifier who has been insured by one or more insurer can only make a claim for an event under one insurance.

Also, the regulations will ensure that the scope of the insurance is limited to building certifiers' statutory obligations and that only one insurance can be applicable to a building certifier's actions. It is noted that the bill was written in consultation with the Insurance Council of Australia. I would like to express my appreciation to the minister's officers who gave me a very extensive briefing on the bill.

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