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Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Page: 8088

Senator POLLEY (Tasmania) (12:14): by leave—I move opposition amendments (1) and (2) on sheet 8556:

(1) Clause 3, page 2 (after line 11), at the end of the clause, add:

Note: The provisions of the My Health Records (National Application) Rules2017 amended or inserted by this Act, and any other provisions of those rules, may be amended or repealed by rules made under section 109 of the My Health Records Act 2012 (see subsection 13(5) of the Legislation Act 2003).

(2) Schedule 1, page 9 (after line 12), at the end of the Schedule, add:

My Health Records (National Application) Rules 2017

18 Paragraph 6 ( 3 ) (b)

   Omit "4 months", substitute "16 months".

Labor's view is that 12 months is needed to amend the legislation and to undertake and implement a Privacy Commissioner review of concerns that can't be fixed by legislation. The very open default access setting and the automatic uploading of two years of Medicare PBS data communicate these additional protections to all Australians to rebuild the trust and confidence in My Health Record. Of course, any extension is an improvement on what the government was offering this morning, but it is imperative that we get this right.