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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (31 March) . . Page.. 1461..

MRS CROSS (continuing):

is doing quite a bit. So my first amendment adds the word "further"after "examine", to show that in fact there is existing work being done; the second amendment adds the words "and acknowledges the initiatives the Electoral Commission currently has in place to address this matter". With that amendment, I think Mr Hargreaves's motion is complete.

MR HARGREAVES (5.25): Those amendments are acceptable to the mover of the motion, Mr Speaker.

MR STEFANIAK (5.25): And to us.

Amendments agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Wood) agreed to:

That leave of absence be given to Ms Gallagher (Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services) for today, 31 March 2004.

Residential Tenancies (Assisted Tenants) Amendment Bill 2003

Debate resumed from 10 December 2003, on motion by Mrs Burke.

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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

Pharmacy Amendment Bill 2004

Mrs Cross , pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MRS CROSS (5.27): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I present the Pharmacy Amendment Bill 2004, a bill to amend the Pharmacy Act 1931. The purpose of this bill is to ensure that pharmacies in the ACT are owned and operated by registered pharmacists, as is the current legislative requirement. Currently, the Pharmacy Act restricts the ownership and control of pharmacies to registered pharmacists or companies controlled by registered pharmacists. These provisions are laid out clearly in sections 9A, 42, 48 and 48A of the Pharmacy Act.

If pharmacists were allowed to operate as sublessees, this would create doubt as to who was actually controlling the pharmacy. Indeed, it would be naive to assume that a sublessee would not be subjected to influence by the lessor. This is the point of the

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