Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 31 October 2017) . . Page.. 4643 ..
I am sure this report will progress public debate on this important matter. I would like to again thank my fellow committee members for the conciliatory support that we all showed in getting this tabled today. I would like to extend great, heartfelt gratitude to Dr Andrea Cullen. She worked tirelessly to assist us in preparing this report, and staff in our offices also helped out. I commend the report to the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Leave of absence
Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:
That leave of absence be granted to Mrs Dunne and Mr Steel for this sitting week to attend the CPA annual conference.
Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee
Scrutiny report 11
MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (10.43): I present the following report:
Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 11, dated 30 October 2017, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.
I seek leave to make a brief statement.
MRS JONES: Scrutiny report 11 contains the committee’s comments on 28 pieces of subordinate legislation, one national law, two regulatory impact statements and six government responses. This scrutiny report includes a comment on the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017—a Queensland act—which was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on 24 October 2017. It appears to be an amendment to a national law, however, no explanatory statement was provided and nor was there a tabling statement. The document itself provides no information as to how it affects the ACT or how, if at all, it is relevant to the ACT.
The committee assumes the document involves an application of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (ACT) Act 2010. That ACT law applies the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law as in force from time to time and as set out in the schedule to the Health Practitioner National Law Act 2009 of Queensland as ACT law, subject to some ACT-specific modifications. The ACT Legislation Register contains the ACT version of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (ACT). However, none of this information is provided in relation to this particular document, nor is any information provided as to the capacity of the Legislative Assembly to scrutinise or amend this piece of legislation. The committee considers this to be highly unsatisfactory.