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Given that members of the Legislative Assembly may have to give serious consideration as to whether it is appropriate to move a motion to disallow this provision, the committee has sought the minister's urgent advice as to why it is necessary to remove the disallowance mechanism that currently applies in relation to subsection 5(2) of the Health Regulation 2004.
Similarly, other sections of this subordinate law remove current requirements that certain instruments be notifiable instruments, meaning they are required to be notified on the ACT legislation register, and replace them with the requirement that they be notified on an external website—that of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. By way of justification for these measures, the explanatory statement for the subordinate law states:
The removal of the need to notify these positions will help to streamline the approval process and will allow the scope of their practice to be established in a more timely manner. Any need to notify the general public regarding the scope of their practice can effectively be done by notification on the AHPRA website rather than by way of a notifiable instrument.
It is not immediately evident why it would be "more timely" if the relevant instruments are notified on the AHPRA website rather than the ACT legislation register. Given that members of the Legislative Assembly may have to give serious consideration as to whether it is appropriate to move a motion to disallow these provisions, the committee has sought the minister's urgent advice as to why it would be "more timely" if the relevant instruments are notified on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website rather than the ACT legislation register.
The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.
Public Accounts—Standing Committee
MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (10.06): I present the following report:
Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 22—Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 1 of 2015: Debt Management, dated 2 February 2016, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.
That the report be noted.
I thank the Assembly for the opportunity to speak to this report today. This is an interesting report that the auditor did on how the government manages debt: moneys that it is owed. The committee decided, following a briefing from the auditor and with the government's submission in hand, that we did not have to do a full-blown public inquiry. Our inquiry consisted of taking the report and having a briefing from the
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