Page 1557 - Week 04 - Thursday, 7 April 2011

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midwife interested and in order to gain the appropriate supports through Medicare they need to have clinical privileges through ACT Health then I think we need to look seriously at how we deliver that. But I am not going to say that it is going to be easy or that there is going to be broad support for it.

I know the medical profession have had some concerns about independent midwives and their practice, and what they see as the risks of working collaboratively in a professional relationship where they do not have a great deal of control or say. I think those are legitimate issues. I have asked Health for advice around how we facilitate a process where independent midwives can apply for clinical privileges at Canberra Hospital.

MR HANSON: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, given that the government advised that you would be absent from question time, the opposition prepared no questions. When did the government advise the Greens that you would be present at question time?

MR SPEAKER: The question is actually not related to the initial question.

MS GALLAGHER: I can answer it, just for the sake of—

MR SPEAKER: The question is out of order.

MS GALLAGHER: cancelling the conspiracy but we did not—

Mr Hanson: Why don’t you answer it?

MS GALLAGHER: I don’t know; they might have asked Jon.

Childcare—proposed regulations

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People. Minister, on Monday, 7 March the federal government released the Education and Care Services National Regulations exposure draft. Minister, I draw your attention to part 6—policies, procedures and programs, and division 4—relationships with children. In particular, I draw your attention to section 86 (1)(b)—“Protection from inappropriate activities or treatment”. I quote:

a child being educated and cared for by the service is not separated from other children for any reason other than illness or an accident.

Minister, this will end the ability of workers to use time out as a means of behaviour management in the centres. Minister, do you support this proposed regulation? If so, what child behavioural patterns have you considered in coming to that view?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Doszpot for his question and for reading some misinformation that has been put into media—

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