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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 6 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 1752..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

confusion in the health professional registration area if the current registration acts were repealed without a corresponding health profession schedule to replace that legislation.

At the present time, a number of health professionals have not completed their schedules and are unlikely to have all board appointment schedules drafted and consequential amendments completed by 9 July 2006. If the default commencement provisions are not postponed, it could lead to the repeal of some health profession registration acts before the relevant health profession schedule and appropriate consequential amendments have been made.

All consequential amendments associated with the transfer of health professions to the Health Professionals Act 2004 need to be passed before the default commencement provision can take effect. To overcome this problem, the bill will amend the default commencement provisions of the Health Professionals Act to extend them by six months. This will allow sufficient time to ensure that the remaining schedules and consequential amendments are made.

In conclusion, I thank members for their support. I note Mr Smyth's comment on the AMA and the Division of General Practice. My advice is that they were consulted in the first instance, as you pointed out. As they indicated they were happy in the first stage and, as the bill reflected exactly what was agreed, they were not further involved in a consultation process. If there is a problem with that, I will have a look at that.

In relation to Dr Foskey's comments, I look forward to the letter. We will respond to that letter. You made a number of quite significant points in your speech. I will have a look at the Hansard and the letter that you write to me. I am happy to have further discussions on that. I thank members for their support of the bill.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.24 to 2.30 pm.

Distinguished visitor

MR SPEAKER: Before I call Mr Stefaniak, I acknowledge the presence in the gallery of Mr Trevor Kaine. Welcome.

Members

: Hear, hear!

Questions without notice

Rhodium Asset Management

MR STEFANIAK: My question is to the Chief Minister. Will the Chief Minister advise the Assembly of any staffing or financial management decisions made by the recently


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