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Kristie Johnston – Question to Parliament, 25 October 2022

By October 25, 2022No Comments

Thank you Mr Speaker.

My question is to the Attorney General.

Attorney, Advocacy Tasmania works with some of the most vulnerable people in Tasmania and they have publicly expressed concerns about the draft Guardianship and Administration Amendment Bill and the time available for consultation.

Some of their concerns with the bill include that there are no supported  decision making provisions embedded in it, no criminal provision for abuse of guardianship/administration orders including by public bodies, no compensation provisions, no independent oversight, gag provisions remain, emergency orders are still in place and that there is a new provision which allows guardians the right to authorise medical research on a person without their consent.

These are no trifling matters.

You have only allowed three weeks to provide feedback on this bill and there has been no direct input from Tasmanians affected or likely to be affected.

Attorney, will you commit to extending the consultation period so that vulnerable Tasmanians and their advocates can properly be consulted and have input about a bill which will have a life changing impact for them?

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