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Wednesday, 24 October 1973
Page: 2662

Mr Hunt asked the Minister for the Capital Territory, upon notice:

Will he give an assurance that he will not seek to prosecute upon indictment doctors who refuse to obey his predecessor's freeze on doctors' fees under the terms of the ACT Prices Regulation Ordinance 1949-1973; if not, why not.

Mr Bryant - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Each case would need to be considered according to the particular facts. However, there would need to be continual wilful breaches after adequate warnings had been given before I would seek to initiate a prosecution summarily. A prosecution upon indictment can only be done in the name of the Attorney-General.

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