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bringing together a range of healthcare facilities, including the University of Canberra public hospital, that will not only service the needs of the general public but also provide a regional training hub for researchers and students of the UC’s Faculty of Health. This will create a leading research and training centre for healthcare professionals, bolstering Canberra’s reputation as the national leader in medical services.

The sports innovation cluster will support the University of Canberra’s goal to become Australia’s leading university for sport education and research. The location of the sport technology cluster in close proximity to the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport will provide the cluster with purpose and direction that will grow the social and economic benefits of sport in Canberra.

The innovation precinct will enable engagement and collaboration with national and international research partners directly from the UC campus. This part will consist of eight integrated development sites, each master planned to focus on commercialising the research conducted at UC and other Australian research organisations.

As I said at the beginning of my remarks, the bill and the proposed territory plan variation are part of an ambitious program of reforms that will drive economic growth in our higher education sector and secure Canberra’s position as the education and knowledge capital of this nation. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Coe) adjourned to the next sitting.

Veterinary Surgeons Bill 2015

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Justice, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform) (11.25): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

For a number of years now, the veterinary surgeons profession in the ACT has been regulated under the Health Professionals Act 2004. The Health Professionals Act provided generic legislation designed to establish and cover occupational boards to regulate the wide range of health professions that work in our community. The legislation was designed to support occupational boards regulating professions as diverse as chiropractors, nurses, medical practitioners, podiatrists and physiotherapists, to name a few.

In 2010, a new national scheme was introduced to regulate health professions to ensure occupational professionalism and competence on a national scale. The national scheme did not, however, cover veterinary surgeons or, as they are more commonly

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