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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 19 August 1993) . . Page.. 2522 ..

Government School Census - Teacher Transfers

MR WOOD: Madam Speaker, yesterday Mr Cornwell asked me about the timeframe in which I would respond to question No. 771. Due course has arrived, Mr Cornwell. I might say that my office upstairs advised me that one reason for the delay was that the draft answer that came from the department had been sent back a couple of times in anticipation of Mr Cornwell asking additional questions about it and Mr Cornwell, for that reason, not being quite satisfied with the answer as it first appeared. It expresses the diligence of the Education Department in responding to questions and the concern people upstairs have about that response being proper. It does not do anything to change my view about the most recent series of questions that appeared on Tuesday. That view of mine remains unaltered. I will table these and Mr Cornwell can get his copy.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Wood, do you wish that answer to be incorporated in Hansard?

MR WOOD: I have sent it back for circulation, so it will be, Madam Speaker.

Home Loans Program, Capital Equipment Purchases and

Human Resource Management System

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, I present, for your information, Auditor-General's report No. 4 of 1993, "Home Loans Program; Capital Equipment Purchases; Human Resource Management System (HRMS)".

Ministerial Statement

MR BERRY (Minister for Health, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Sport), by leave: The Australian Health Ministers Conference and the National Food Standards Council meetings were held in Melbourne in July 1993 and preceded the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy. I would like to discuss issues which arose out of the Health Ministers Conference and National Food Standards Council meeting first, before going on to discuss other issues arising from the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy.

Following the 1991 decision by Health Ministers to develop a plan to introduce national recognition of health professionals, one item on the agenda was uniform consistent standards for health professionals. The conference endorsed the recommendation that registered nurses achieve professional recognition across all States and Territories. Enactment of the mutual recognition framework by States and Territories will allow nurses in one jurisdiction to have their registration recognised in others with a minimum of administrative processing. Further, I anticipate introducing the necessary amendments to professional registration legislation into the Assembly during the budget sittings.

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