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as a schools sector better support our schools and students across all of our schools in the ACT.

I present the following papers:

Students with Complex Needs and Challenging Behaviour—Report of the Expert Panel—

Ministerial statement, 19 November 2015.

Schools for all children & young people—Report of the Expert Panel, dated November 2015.

Government response to the report of the Expert Panel, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 16 September 2015.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the papers.

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

Powers of Attorney Amendment Bill 2015

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro) (10.17): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Powers of Attorney Amendment Bill today. This bill removes barriers that prevent people with impaired decision-making capacity from participating in medical research. This will give these people the opportunity to receive beneficial treatment not otherwise available to them. It will also assist health researchers to develop innovative treatments. This is particularly significant in conditions such as dementia, where the majority of participants are likely to have impaired capacity to consent.

This bill proposes amendments to the Powers of Attorney Act 2006, the Guardianship and Management of Property Act 1991 and the Medical Treatment (Health Directions) Act 2006. In addition to removing barriers to participation in medical research for people with impaired decision-making capacity, the bill introduces safeguards to be followed by all substitute decision-makers when making medical research decisions. The bill also makes the decision-making process for medical research matters consistent between guardians and enduring attorneys.

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