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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 3 Hansard (17 March) . .

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MR DOSZPOT: Scrutiny report 29 contains the committee's comments on four bills, four pieces of subordinate legislation and three government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee

Report 4

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (10.02): I present the following report:

Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee—Report 4—Inquiry into the Sourcing and Supply of Dental Prostheses and Appliances to Australian Dental Practitioners from Overseas, dated 5 March 2015, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I am particularly pleased to be able to present this report on an issue which is obviously close to my former professional background as a dentist, before I entered the Assembly. I would like to thank the members of the committee who assisted me in this inquiry—Ms Lawder, Mr Wall, Ms Fitzharris, and of course Ms Berry when she was formerly on the committee—as well as the committee secretary, Mrs Kosseck.

The inquiry focused on the sourcing and supply of dental prostheses and appliances used by Australian dental practitioners and being sourced from overseas. During the inquiry concerns were raised by various members of the industry about the sourcing of overseas dental appliances, and allegations were made about quality, but there seemed to be a lack of evidence to support those concerns.

At the same time, the committee was concerned that the current regulatory framework to allow custom-made appliances to be used was not as fully developed as would be desirable. As a result, the committee made a recommendation that both the TGA and the Dental Board of Australia consider instituting regulations to enable the requirement that dental practitioners inform patients of the source of the dental appliance that has been installed. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee

Report 6

MS FITZHARRIS (Molonglo) (10.05): I present the following report:

Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee—Report 6—Inquiry into the Implementation of Action Plan 2 (Climate Change Strategy), dated 16 March 2015, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.


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