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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 3198..

Health Professionals Legislation Amendment Bill 2004

Debate resumed from 11 March 2004, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Clauses 1 to 3, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Schedule 1.

MR WOOD (Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Arts and Heritage, and Acting Minister for Health) (6.25): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to move together amendments Nos 1 to 4 circulated in my name.

Leave granted.

MR WOOD: I move amendments Nos 1 to 4 circulated in my name [see schedule 6 at page 3244].

I present a supplementary explanatory statement to the government amendments. Mr Speaker, I wish to speak briefly to these amendments. The full legislative package for this bill and the Health Professionals Bill was developed following the lengthy period I mentioned. Many of the concerns expressed have been addressed. There are still some amendments required to ensure that the bill does not inadvertently extend the category of health service provider beyond the current legislation.

The amendment to the dictionary meaning of "health service provider" is required as the original amendment inadvertently included a much broader category of health service provider than intended. That was an unintended consequence and it is being corrected by the amendments to this bill.

Amendments agreed to.

Schedule 1, as amended, agreed to.

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

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 6.27 to 8.00 pm.

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