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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 11 Hansard (24 September) . . Page.. 3181 ..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

been treated correctly and also to ensure that the contacts with the person have been followed up. Mr Stefaniak particularly noted that the notification procedure in the bill requires notification by both the pathologist and the medical practitioner. In addition, follow-up action by the department of health provides a sufficient deterrent to medical practitioners issuing false certificates and designated medical officer provisions are no longer considered necessary.

The bill also amends the act so that the registrar may not make the names and addresses of sole operators available for inspection other than to authorised persons. The amendment is designed to protect the confidentiality of sole operators who may operate lawfully from their homes and may be unwilling to operate within the regulatory framework if their names and addresses are available for public inspection. There is no compelling public interest in private workers' details being available for public inspection.

In summary, the amendments in this bill do not make any radical changes to the law. They are essentially fine tuning amendments but they do, as has been indicated, improve the framework that has been devised through this legislation in the ACT for the control of sex workers and the sex industry. I thank members for their support.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Wood ) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Gungahlin Drive extension

MRS DUNNE (4.04): Mr Speaker, members of the government have misrepresented the intent of members of the Liberal Party in relation to Gungahlin Drive. Earlier in question time today the Chief Minister said that we were about doing the bidding of our mates on the hill-a clear implication that we were doing something nefarious, it would seem, on behalf of the federal Liberal Party.

I want to put on the record that I, as an individual member, and all Liberal members went to the last election with a clear commitment to build the Gungahlin Drive extension via the eastern route, to build four lanes, and to build it by 2004. In addition, as a person seeking election in Belconnen, I went with a specific undertaking to the people of Kaleen, Bruce and Aranda to keep the Gungahlin Drive extension, a road that is essential, as far as possible away from their homes, and I intend to stick to that commitment.

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