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legislation, as I understand it, proposes that where a woman chooses to undergo a home birth and uses a private midwife that does not have insurance, the woman giving birth can be fined $30,000. Minister, does the ACT government support the proposed $30,000 fine?
MS GALLAGHER: This does go the issue of insurance for private midwives to perform home births, as I understand it, and the fact that, as I recall—and I will take some further advice on this—the issue of registration of health professionals providing a service that might not be insured. In this instance, I do not think that choosing private home births by a midwife is not in line with the national registration arrangements. I will provide you with some further information, but we did have a brief discussion on this and the fact that it may cause us some concern and to the community at large.
MR SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Bresnan?
MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, are you required to provide the health council with the ACT government’s response? Will you provide a copy of that response to the chamber when it is available?
MS GALLAGHER: The response to—
Ms Bresnan: The response to the report from the health council.
MS GALLAGHER: I will take some further advice on that, Ms Bresnan. I am just not sure. The ACT government’s response from the health ministers’ meeting—is that what you are after?
Ms Bresnan: Yes.
MS GALLAGHER: Okay. I will take some further advice on that. I do not see why not.
Nolan gallery and collection
MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for the Arts and Heritage. Minister, the estimates committee recommended that you reconsider the government’s stance on the future of the Nolan Gallery and the Nolan collection and negotiate with the commonwealth to implement the recommendations of the 2004 Nolan Gallery/Lanyon feasibility study. Your government’s response to the committee report was to disagree with this recommendation. In doing so, the government’s supporting argument utterly fails to consider or even mention the wishes of the late Sir Sidney Nolan and Lady Nolan that the gifted collection and the works on loan be exhibited at the Nolan Gallery at Lanyon. Minister, why is the government ignoring the wishes of Sir Sidney and Lady Nolan?
MR STANHOPE: We have explained our position in relation to the Nolan Gallery on a number of occasions. As members know, the Nolan Gallery would require some significant capital upgrade to make it fit for purpose. The Nolan collection was at