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Changes to midwives laws pass lower house.

Draft laws aimed at ensuring the insurers of self-employed midwives are taxed correctly have been passed by parliament's lower house.

The legislation also aims to make sure self-employed midwives can access the Midwife Professional Indemnity Scheme.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon told parliament the changes were important, because they would ensure that appropriately-qualified, self-employed midwives continued to have access to secure and reliable commonwealth support and professional indemnity cover.

The bill amends the Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Act 2010 and the Midwife Professional Indemnity (Run-off Cover Support Payment) Act 2010 (Run-off Cover Support Payment Act.)

The Midwife Professional Indemnity Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 now goes to the Senate for consideration.


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