Page 2417 - Week 08 - Thursday, 6 August 2015

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MR SMYTH: Sorry, six ministers. You might assume I said herding five. One of them might have been compliant. But you are right. None of them were particularly compliant, Chief Minister; they all needed herding, as they always do. And there are the numerous community groups and all the support staff who helped.

Nicola, congratulations on your effort. The report is as much as tribute to you as to the hard work done by the members. As the chair, I am personally grateful for your assistance in doing all of that organisation. With that, Madam Speaker, we can shut this debate and all wait until 10 o’clock next Tuesday to start the estimates debate and have it all over again.

MADAM SPEAKER: The question is that the report be noted, noting that the Speaker did not need to be herded.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Dr Bourke) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Corbell for this sitting due to his attendance at a Health Ministers’ conference.

Health (Patient Privacy) Amendment Bill 2015—exposure draft

Papers and statement by member

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo), by leave: I present the following papers:

Health (Patient Privacy) Amendment Bill 2015—

Exposure draft.

Draft explanatory statement.

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I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: Members, today I am pleased to be tabling the ACT Greens exposure draft of the Health (Patient Privacy) Amendment Bill 2015, the explanatory statement for the Assembly’s interest as well as a map. The exposure draft bill is in response to a longstanding issue affecting women’s access to safe and legal health services. The intent is to ensure that women can access medical abortions without running a gauntlet of prejudice and unwarranted judgement. It has been drafted to support a basic human right to seek and receive medical treatment unhindered and unimpeded.

For those members who may be unaware, the health facility that provides abortion services has for many years been the regular site of a small and persistent gathering of

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