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Liberal Government Snubs Stakeholders and Limits Consultation Period

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Tags: Prisons

That the House:—

(1)           Condemns this government for tabling significant Bills in this house without sufficient consultation with stakeholders, and then calling those bills on for debate before members are able to properly review their content.

(2)           Notes that the ‘Corrections (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2016’ proposed exempting medical practitioners from the requirements of their oath and the associated professional codes, standards and guidelines of ethics with respect to disclosure of prisoner’s information, yet the Australian Medical Association (AMA) was not consulted.

(3)           Notes that the ‘Community Protection (Offender Reporting) Amendment Bill 2016’ was first mentioned in the media on a Sunday, with the bill tabled on Tuesday and called on for debate on Thursday, with one of the most significant stakeholders, the Law Society, insisting they were not consulted.

(4)           Notes that the Liberals again showed their arrogance, in putting out the ‘Sentencing Amendment Bill 2016’ for a consultation period of only 10 days, ensuring stakeholders didn’t have enough time to consult and provide feedback on the bill.