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Thursday, 4 June 2015

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee

Reporting date

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (10.01), by leave: I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 7 August 2014 referring the exposure draft of the Drugs of Dependence (Cannabis Use for Medical Purposes) Amendment Bill 2014 and related discussion paper to the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services for inquiry and report be amended by omitting the words “by the last sitting day in June 2015” and substituting “by the last sitting day in August 2015” and adding a new paragraph (2):

“(2) If the Assembly is not sitting when the report is completed the Speaker, or, in the absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker, is authorised to give directions for its printing, publication and circulation.”.

The committee is seeking to extend the reporting date for this inquiry. Medicinal cannabis is a complex and broad-reaching issue. As such, the committee is not considering Mr Rattenbury’s exposure draft in isolation. As members are probably aware, the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee is currently conducting an inquiry into the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2014, a private member’s bill presented by Senator Di Natale in November last year. This committee believes the recommendations from the Senate inquiry are worth considering as part of our deliberations because the federal regulatory environment plays such a significant role in what can and cannot be done in the medicinal cannabis sphere. The Senate committee is, I understand, due to report by 15 June 2015.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Urban Renewal and Minister for Tourism and Events) (10.03): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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