This will mean that an inter-governmental agency, with control over 800,000 health professionals, which answers to no single jurisdiction, will be given powers to do whatever it thinks is “necessary or convenient”. Few, if any, government agencies are granted this scope of power. It amounts to a blank cheque. The ADF argues that when broad undefined objectives are combined in legislation with wide undefined executive powers, the possibility of abuse of process, intentional or unintentional, is greatly increased.

Read the ADF’s full submission here