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MR CORBELL (continuing):

The two other criteria that are required are that friendly societies must be non-profit organisations and provide mutual benefits for their members. By requiring a friendly society to satisfy these criteria, the government is ensuring that a friendly society is a legitimate friendly society and, most importantly, that its only objective for seeking registration as a pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act 1931 is to provide pharmacy services to the community.

It is clear from the findings of the various reviews undertaken nationally that friendly society pharmacies are fit and proper bodies to control pharmacies and provide pharmaceutical products and services. I consider that this bill has the potential to benefit the ACT community by offering greater consumer choice and discounted prices should friendly society pharmacies establish in the ACT. The bill also maintains the safety and quality assurance of the pharmacy sector by requiring that an individual who is a registered pharmacist must be employed by the friendly society pharmacist for the purpose of dispensing pharmacy products. I commend the Pharmacy Amendment Bill 2004 (No 2) to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Planning and Environment-Standing Committee

Report 29

MS DUNDAS (12.15): I present the following report:

Planning and Environment-Standing Committee-Report 29-Variation to the Territory Plan No. 224, Block 1 Section 54 Lyneham (Australian Capital Motor Inn)-Proposed residential use, dated 12 May 2004, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.

Leave granted.

MS DUNDAS: I move:

That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MS DUNDAS: I move:

That the report be noted.

This is but a brief report that considered draft variation 224 which seeks to amend the territory plan so the current site of the Australian Capital Motor Inn in Lyneham can be used as a multistorey residential development. To permit such a multistorey residential development a land use policy change is required from the current classification of entertainment, accommodation and leisure that allowed the existing Australian Capital Motor Inn to be built some 40 years ago. The draft variation refers to problems in the


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