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Monday, 15 September 2003
Page: 20076

Ms WORTH (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing) (6:56 PM) —in reply—I take this opportunity to thank the opposition for their support of this important legislation. In doing so, I will not take up the time of the House in going over old ground as far as summary is concerned. However, I would like to say a couple of things about the consultation process given the fact that this was raised by the shadow minister. During the course of the review, broad public consultation was undertaken and the department has worked extensively with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, or AQIS. The human quarantine legislation review was overseen by a steering committee, chaired by the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer and including representatives from AQIS, the Department of Defence, Australian Customs Service, the department of immigration and multicultural affairs, and a representative of the states and territories chief quarantine officers. The bill has been developed in close consultation with AQIS, which administers the human quarantine provisions of the legislation on behalf of the Department of Health and Ageing. The shadow minister might be interested to know that Qantas did actually lodge a submission to the original review agreeing to the final recommendations of the discussion paper. I commend the bill to the House.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.

Ms WORTH (Adelaide—Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing) (6.58 p.m.)—by leave—I move:

That this bill be now read a third time.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a third time.