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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 9 Hansard (18 November) . . Page.. 2607 ..

MR OSBORNE (continuing):

medical practitioner is or should reasonably be aware that the particular patient, if warned of the risk, would be likely to attach significance to it. This duty is subject to the therapeutic privilege.

That is what my Bill is primarily about, Mr Speaker. It is about adequate information being provided to women who are going to undertake an abortion.

Mr Speaker, my personal view is totally different from what I think is achievable in this place and I hope that members who are and who will be considering this new Bill will try to look through the emotion and try to look at what, in reality, this Bill is about. This Bill is about informed choice, Mr Speaker. It is about women being empowered, Mr Speaker. It is about providing them with relevant information. So, Mr Speaker, I hope that members will look seriously at this Bill.

I accept, as I said, the will of the parliament in relation to my original Bill and shortly will be withdrawing it. I would encourage members of the Labor Party to sit down and have a look at what this does, and I am sure that they will be more than comfortable with the outcome. I commend the Bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Moore) adjourned.

Discharge from Notice Paper

MR OSBORNE (11.57): In accordance with standing order 152, I move:

That order of the day No. 1, private Members' business, relating to the Health Regulation (Abortions) Bill 1998 be discharged from the notice paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 11.57 am to 2.30 pm


MR SPEAKER: I would like to acknowledge the presence in the gallery of a seniors group from the Gungahlin Community Service. Welcome to your Assembly.

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