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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 November 2021) . . Page.. 3610 ..


clarity, section 30(1) of the Inspector of Corrections Services Act 2017 obligates the inspector to provide a copy of his report to you, Madam Speaker. I understand it is your practice to table those reports the next sitting day after you receive the report.

I am advised that the report in question is being finalised. The government will respond formally to the inspector and table a response in this place in line with the obligations of the act, as is my practice where an independent review is being undertaken and/or matters are before the court; so I do not provide any commentary on that.

Planning—ACT Planning System Review and Reform Project update

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.01): If I could respond to Ms Clay’s question on the planning act review and the consultation time line, we believe it will be about 30 days.

COVID-19 pandemic—testing centre fees

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (3.01): I was asked during question time how the $112 fee for testing certificates was calculated. I can advise that the $112.40 fee for COVID-19 testing certificates is based on the Medicare Benefits Schedule item 69479 for COVID testing of $50; so that answers the question around whether it includes the price of testing. There is a $50 handling fee which includes processing certificate, issuing et cetera, which is a very manual process, and a $2.40 initiation fee which is a standard charge for all ACT pathology tests, and 10 per cent GST.

I have a note here that private labs can claim 69480, which is $100 instead of the $58 for the COVID-19 MBS testing item. So that answers the question that I was asked, I think.

Planning—ACT Planning System Review and Reform Project update

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.03): On the planning and consultation, it is three months, not 30 days.

Papers

Mr Gentlemen presented the following papers:

Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements unless otherwise stated)

Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64—


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