Coalition health spokesman may appeal Medical Board costs

Dr Laming, an ophthalmologist, embarked last year on a bid to regain his specialist registration after eight years away from the profession.

His application was refused as incomplete but while he was gathering additional material the time limit lapsed. He went to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal seeking a time extension.

But while that matter was before the tribunal he lodged a second, complete application – which succeeded. 

The tribunal dismissed his existing appeal on the grounds that he had lodged the second application and that there was no error in the original decision.

Dr Laming had wanted the Medical Board to cover its legal costs for the appeal but the tribunal ruled that Dr Laming must pay them as “the board’s refusal to permit Dr Laming a further period of time in which to place further material before the board in support of his original application was entirely reasonable”.