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The standard for the uniform scheduling of drugs and poisons, the document that contains the model provisions that this bill seeks to implement, is updated three times a year. Therefore it is proposed that much of the detail required to implement the standard will be included in the regulations subordinate to this bill. This will enable the territory to remain aligned with the states and the Northern Territory.

The exposure draft of the proposed regulations that would support the bill was released for community consultation in February 2007. When I introduced this bill in December 2007, I gave an undertaking that a copy of the proposed regulations would be provided to members of the Assembly prior to the debate on the bill, and I have fulfilled that undertaking. Having done so, Assembly members have been in a position to consider the overall proposed legislative framework for medicines, poisons and therapeutic goods. As a result, consideration of this bill by the Assembly should be fully informed, free of any gaps in knowledge or uncertainty as to how the full regulatory system would operate.

In conclusion, I would like to thank those stakeholders that have contributed to the development of the bill and the proposed regulations, as their time, insight and support are valued and appreciated. This legislation has been several years in the making, which reflects both the magnitude of the task as well as the time, effort and stakeholder engagement that have been expended to get this important item of legislation right. I therefore welcome and thank members for their contribution to the debate and the support of the Assembly in passing this legislation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.32 to 2.30 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Minister for the Arts): For the information of members, my colleague the Attorney-General has been temporarily delayed. He will be here shortly. If there are questions for the Attorney-General, perhaps they could be delayed; otherwise I will be happy to be of whatever assistance I can.

Questions without notice

Gungahlin Drive extension

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Chief Minister. On 8 July 2008, you told representatives of the Gungahlin Community Council that duplication of the GDE was not a priority for your government. On 23 July 2008, you announced that your

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