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Question Without Notice No. 1135 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 October 2019 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING — PROSECUTIONS

1135. Hon MARTIN ALDRIDGE to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to Legislative Council question without notice 940 asked on 3 September 2019, with an answer finally provided on 19 September 2019.

(1) From whom is the minister seeking advice prior to providing the correspondence that I seek?

(2) Has the minister now received advice on this matter; and, if so, on what date was advice received?

(3) Can the minister please table without further delay correspondence between the commonwealth Attorney-General's Department and the Department of Health on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019 and the application of sections 474.29A and 474.29B of the commonwealth Criminal Code Act?

(4) If the minister continues to deny Parliament access to this essential information as it considers the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019, when will he comply with section 82 of the Financial Management Act 2006?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The minister is seeking advice from the State Solicitor's Office.

(2) No.

(3) The decision whether to table the correspondence will be made once the minister has received further advice.

(4) The minister will comply with the provisions of the Financial Management Act 2006 if required to do so.