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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993

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Parliamentary Record 21


Debates for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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DEBATES - Thursday 21 October 1Q93 formality and technicality as possible. It may appoint a legal adviser to assist it. It may hold the inquiry in the absence of both the veterinarian or former veterinarian and the complainant. It may also adjourn the inquiry to another place and time. At the conclusion of an inquiry, the board must report its findings in writing and serve them, within 28 days, on the person about whom the inquiry was held. The complainant must also be sent a copy of the findings, and the complainant's fee may be refunded by the board. The board may have the findings of an inquiry published in a newspaper or other publication circulating in the Northern Territory. Following an inquiry, the board may: reprimand or caution the veterinarian; impose a condition on registration or vary conditions of registration; require payment to the board of a fine of up to $20 000; require the veterinarian to pay the complainant, within a specified time, a specific amount by way of compensation for loss or detriment suffered; suspend for a period not exceeding 5 years the veterinary and/or specialist registration; cancel the registration and/or specialist registration; and require the veterinarian to pay the board's and the complainant's costs incurred in connection with the inquiry. Where the person who is complained of is no longer a veterinarian, the board may, by notice, take action similar to that in relation to a registered veterinarian, but appropriate in the circumstances. Where the board serves a notice of cancellation of registration on a veterinarian or to a formerly registered person, it must state the period to elapse before it will consider a new application for registration. If a condition or suspension on registration is imposed, this is effective from the service of notice on the veterinarian. If a fine is not paid within a specified time, the board or the complainant may recover this as a debt due, and may suspend registration until it is paid. The registrar notes these matters in the register until settled. Appeal from a decision by the board is to the Local Court. The court may: order that the appellant be registered; dismiss the appeal; confirm or cancel conditions of registration; confirm or quash findings of an inquiry or notification under section 35(1) or (2); and exercise power of the board under section 35- The decision of the Local Court is final. Where the board has published a notice concerning a finding which has subsequently been quashed by a court, the board must publish a notice advertising this fact. Inspectors have important investigative and other functions under this bill. Members of the board are inspectors and the president may appoint other inspectors. All inspectors will be issued with identity cards which contain a photograph and signature and verification by the Registrar. If asked to produce an identity card, an inspector must do so or may not remain on premises when asked to leave. Persons who are no longer inspectors must return their cards. Inspectors and persons who assist them have suitable powers for the purposes of this legislation. A person whom an inspector asks to assist in the exercise of powers has all the powers and protection of an inspector. Inspectors, at any reasonable time, may investigate matters in part 5 of this bill or, under the board's direction, investigate any other matter. Inspectors have appropriate powers to enter and inspect premises and to examine records to carry out such an investigations. A person may not impersonate an inspector or give false or misleading answers to questions, nor may they cause others or animals to resist or obstruct an inspector, or use threatening language or behaviour, or refuse 10 191