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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 3178..

MR WOOD: I confess to being minister at that time. Mrs Dunne quite fairly asked, "When will it end?" I cannot answer that question. This is complex legislation in which two authorities have a say, so I cannot guarantee that there will be no further challenges. I think I would be surprised if there were not. Mrs Dunne said that we have not won yet but, in a sense, we have not lost either. Those challenges have not gone through to the appeal stage and there have been injunctions. We have taken before, and we will take today, a path that provides for certainty. I agree with Mrs Dunne that it is the community, represented by this Assembly, that is seeking this road. I am grateful for the support of members today.

Question put:

That the bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted-

Ayes 11

Noes 2

Mr Berry

Mr Hargreaves

Ms Dundas

Mrs Burke

Ms MacDonald

Ms Tucker

Mr Cornwell

Mr Smyth

Mrs Cross

Mr Stanhope

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wood

Ms Gallagher

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Health Professionals Bill 2003

[Cognate bill:

Health Professionals Legislation Amendment Bill 2004]

Debate resumed from 11 December 2003, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: I understand it is the wish of the Assembly to debate this bill cognately with executive business order of the day No 3, Health Professionals Legislation Amendment Bill 2004. That being the case, I remind members in debating order of the day No 2 they may also address their remarks to order of the day No 3.

MR SMYTH (Leader of the Opposition) (5.19): The Health Professionals Bill 2003 consolidates all the regulatory frameworks of various health professions into one act. It also establishes a new disciplinary tribunal and a couple of new bodies-the professional standards panel and the personal assessment panels. It might be interesting for members

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