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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 18 August 1993) . . Page.. 2490 ..

MR BERRY (Minister for Health, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Sport) (4.46): Mr Deputy Speaker, this is a security measure for the management of methadone. All security measures require some diligence by staff. I have accepted that we can dispense with that proposal. We will accept Mrs Carnell's amendment.

MR MOORE (4.47): Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise to support the amendment. The security measures in the original Bill were very effective indeed. I think that sometimes we can go too far with security measures, in that the detail required becomes so laborious that it means that the whole service is slowed down. I think that is the concern being dealt with here. I am delighted to see that there is general agreement that it is appropriate that we do retain good security measures without going over the top.

MR BERRY (Minister for Health, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Sport) (4.47): I have to speak. "Over the top" is a fairly emotive term and I think that unfairly describes the amendment proposed by the Government. It certainly is not an over-the-top requirement; it is a security measure for a dangerous drug. We are prepared to accept the amendment in the interests of bipartisanship. I am sure that it will be short-lived. In the interests of settling the matter, this security measure can be removed by way of the amendment.

Mrs Carnell: I am sorry for trying to make your methadone program more efficient. I am desperately sorry.

MR BERRY: I hear the interjection that Mrs Carnell wants to make the methadone program more efficient, but I know that she would rather have subsidised pharmacists to provide the methadone. This is not an over-the-top issue. I think that is a bit much.

MR MOORE (4.48): I shall withdraw the words right now. Mr Deputy Speaker, it is my pleasure to accept that the comment "over the top" was just a touch intemperate.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Remainder of Bill, by leave, taken as a whole, and agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Debate resumed from 17 June 1993, on motion by Mr Connolly:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CORNWELL (4.50): The Liberal Party will not oppose these amendments to the Landlord and Tenant Act. As the Minister indicated in his presentation speech, these amendments will correct a number of minor difficulties encountered following the establishment of the ACT Office of Rental Bonds in 1991. Essentially, these seven major matters tidy up issues.

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