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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 8 Hansard (27 October) . . Page.. 2258 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

of the suspension. After reinstatement of the credit provider's licence at the end of the four months, however, the debtor will be required to continue making any payments due after that date. Incidentally, an amendment is not required to the equivalent penalty provision for finance brokers - that is, proposed new section 55A - as there is not an ongoing payment regime between the broker and the debtor. I commend the amendments to the Assembly.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Debate resumed from 24 September 1998, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stanhope) adjourned.


Debate resumed from 25 June 1998, on motion by Mr Moore:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition) (11.58): Mr Speaker, the Health (Amendment) Bill is the Bill I alluded to earlier this morning when the report of the scrutiny of Bills committee was tabled. This Bill is a Bill which, on the face of it, the Labor Party supports. It provides for the establishment and operation of quality assurance committees in private hospitals and private day hospitals. The intention of the legislation is that those committees will match those in public hospitals, including Calvary Hospital.

The aim of the committees is to assess and evaluate the health services provided in those institutions and to conduct research and investigations into things such as morbidity and mortality in those facilities. The committees have the power to investigate individual incidents. The Bills, therefore, contain a number of clauses designed to match the existing quality assurance committees in the public sector with quality assurance committees in the private sector. As I said, that is a laudable aim and an aim which the Labor Party is prepared to support and encourage.

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