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Thursday, 29 March 2007
Page: 37

Senator SIEWERT (11:37 AM) —The Australian Greens disagree. What this bill provides is an open-ended process for service providers to be able to seek certification. We believe this is too important an issue for the open-ended seeking of certification to be allowed. We believe that, if service providers are serious about entering into providing rehabilitation services, they will start the process of seeking compliance, and that 12 months is a reasonable time for them to achieve compliance. We believe it is about upholding the standards that Senator Abetz was alluding to, and of course I agree with him on that. I think everybody in the chamber expects service providers who are serious about providing some of these services to in fact engage in seeking to comply with the standards required. I am still double-checking as to whether I want to amend the amendment in line with Senator Wong’s suggestions.