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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1997 Week 6 Hansard (17 June) . . Page.. 1598..

MS HORODNY (continuing):

Egg Production - Battery Cage System

The petition read as follows:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory:

The petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly: that the battery cage system of egg production involves many cruel practices towards hens, including:

1. caging for their entire lives in cages where they cannot exhibit their natural behaviour, for example spreading their wings and scratching in dirt or litter;

2. caging for their entire lives in cages with sloping wire floors, where the only possible position of comfort is to roost on the bodies of other hens.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to: abolish the battery cage system of egg production in the ACT.

Petitions received.

Suspension of Standing Orders

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, in relation to the daily program, I rise to ask the Chief Minister to seek leave to bring on the motion concerning the Bringing them home report forthwith.

Mr Humphries: Can you tell us why?

Mr Berry: Do you want me to move a motion?

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, there seems to be a request and I am happy to rise and answer the request. The program that is before the Assembly - - -

Ms McRae: On what basis? Under what standing order is he speaking? This is not question time.

Mr Humphries: On the same basis that a question has just been asked by Mr Berry.

Ms McRae: Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. There is no question before the house.

Mrs Carnell: Yes, there is. Mr Berry just asked me.

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