ALBURY MP Greg Aplin says he will table Rights to Privacy Albury’s petition on exclusion zones around women’s health clinics if it gains enough signatures.
In a statement released yesterday afternoon, Mr Aplin outlined the action he had assisted privacy campaigners with — one of the most detailed public comments so far on the ongoing debate around medical privacy and the Englehardt Street clinic.
Mr Aplin did not attend this week’s medical privacy forum as he was in Sydney on parliamentary matters, but did send a representative from his office.
“I have refrained from making detailed public comment on the Englehardt Street Clinic due to the sensitivity of the issue and out of respect for the clients accessing the services,” he said.
“I have met and discussed this issue with the Rights to Privacy organisers on many occasions.
“I have provided advice, made representations on their behalf to ministers and provided the ministerial responses.
“I have … advised I would table the petition in Parliament once presented to me. To date, the petition has not been presented.
“I am aware of suggestions to increase the level of privacy for clients by allowing vehicle access to the facility.
“People have also been advised to report any incidents to the police. This is the mechanism for achieving change when one public right faces another public right.”
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