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Thursday, 19 October 2006

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR SESELJA (Molonglo): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs, performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee.

The scrutiny of bills committee considered the Human Rights Commission Amendment Bill and agreed to the following statement: this bill would amend the Human Rights Commission Act 2005 to abolish the position of President of the Human Rights Commission and remove all references to the president. The committee has examined the Human Rights Commission Amendment Bill 2006 and offers no comment on it.

Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2006 (No 2)

Ms Gallagher, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Minister for Health, Minister for Disability and Community Services and Minister for Women) (10.32): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The proposed Health Legislation Amendment Bill (No 2) has been developed following three unrelated matters: one, consequential amendments arising out of the transfer of the health professional registration legislation to the Health Professionals Act 2004; two, amendments of health legislation for the purposes of consistency with the Human Rights Act 2004 and, three, other minor health portfolio amendments that are not suitable for a separate bill or for inclusion in the Statute Law Amendment Bill.

The Health Professionals Act 2004 requires the development of profession specific schedules to replace the current health profession registration acts to enable the new legislative framework governing health professions in the ACT to take effect. The consequential amendments proposed in the first category of amendments in this bill are associated with this transfer process. For example, in separating the nursing profession from the midwifery profession, consequential amendments were required to include midwives where ACT legislation previously referred only to registered nurses. These consequential amendments do not involve any substantive changes in responsibility or scope of practice.

Other consequential amendments included in the bill are required to ensure that provisions in current health professional acts that do not relate to health professional

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