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Medical Practitioners Act 1995

VI: Quality Assurance Activities
72   Minister may authorise disclosure of information

   72. Minister may authorise disclosure of information---(1) Subject to
 subsection (2) of this section, if the Minister is satisfied, in respect
 of any information to which section 70 of this Act applies, that the
 information relates to conduct (whenever occurring) that constitutes or
 may constitute a serious offence, the Minister may, by notice in writing
 signed by the Minister, authorise the disclosure of that information, in
 such manner and on such conditions (if any) as are specified in the
 notice, for any 1 or more of the following purposes:
   (a) For the purposes of the investigation and prosecution of offences:

   (b) For the purposes of a Royal Commission, or a commission of inquiry
         appointed by an Order in Council made under the Commissions of
         Inquiry Act 1908.

   (2) Subsection (1) of this section does not authorise the Minister to
 authorise the disclosure of information of a non-factual nature (such as
 expressions of opinion) unless the information consists only of matter
 contained in a report prepared by a person who engaged in the declared
 quality assurance activity.

   (3) The Minister may at any time---
   (a) Revoke any Ministerial authority; or
   (b) Revoke, amend, or add to any condition imposed on a Ministerial

   (4) The fact that a Ministerial authority authorises the disclosure of
 information does not---
   (a) Require the disclosure of that information; or
   (b) Create a duty to disclose that information.
     Cf. Health Insurance Act 1973 (Aust.), s. 124Z
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