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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 10 Hansard (25 November) . . Page.. 3017 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

This amendment is a response to Mr Refshauge's concern that the publications may not include professional journals and things like that. We have added to the definition "or any other publication" to make sure that there is absolutely no doubt about it. I must say, having dealt with these issues on many occasions before, that I do not think we have gone to quite this extent, as I recall, but we were certainly keen to make sure that the comments of the Director of Public Prosecutions were taken into account.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 15

MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care) (2.16 am): Mr Speaker, I move:

Page 7, line 11, subclause (1), omit the subclause.

Mr Speaker, this amendment, No. 21, is consequential upon my amendment No. 26, which provides for new structural provisions for the information requirements. It is important to note that my proposal was designed to cope with the problem of anticipated materials not being approved by the time the Act commences. In such circumstances, I think it is important to be clear that the requirement would not kick in until the materials were ready. This actually addresses another of the concerns raised by Mr Refshauge. This principle would apply separately to each requirement, of course. If this Bill must become law, then I think we have an interest in making sure that it is done smoothly, efficiently and credibly, and that is what this amendment is about.

Amendment agreed to.

MR HARGREAVES (2.17 am): Mr Speaker, I move:

Page 7, line 15, subclause (2), omit "5", substitute "7".

Mr Speaker, I will not speak for very long. This amendment is consequential upon amendments that I will move a little later, to add an extra two people to the advisory panel. Those extra two people are nurses. If those amendments are successful, it will require the number to go from five to seven.

MR SPEAKER: The question is: That Mr Hargreaves' amendment be agreed to.

MR BERRY (2.19 am): Hang on a minute.

MR SPEAKER: This is amendment No. 1, Mr Berry.

Mr Moore: It is just changing the number from five to seven, but it is consequential.

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