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How many infringements, fines or prosecutions have been issued both to businesses or individuals for illegal dumping of waste in the A.C.T. in (a) 2003-04 to date, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2001-02 and (d) 2000-01.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Infringements

Fines

Prosecutions

(a)

2003-04

(As at the 12 May 2004)

21

21

0

(b)

2002-03

34

34

0

(c)

2001-02

38

38

2

(d)

2000-01

39

39

2

Under the Litter Act 1977 all infringements of the Act carry prescribed penalty units and an associated monetary fine and/or a gaol term.

Note: All prosecutions resulted in the payment of the original fine, and

All prosecutions are a subset of the total number of infringements issued.

Euthanasia

(Question No 1531)

Ms Dundas asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 5 May 2004:

(1) Has the Minister received legal advice concerning the Medical Treatment Act 1994 and the Powers of Attorney Act 1956;

(2) If so, is he able to say whether living wills or medical advance directives, as drawn up by the A.C.T. branch of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society, are acceptable as a direction in writing; if not, can examples be provided of directions in writing that would comply;

(3) Given that the objective of the Medical Treatment Act 4 (a) is to protect the right of the patients to refuse unwanted medical treatment, is he able to say whether this includes unwanted treatment as indicated in medical advance directives;

(4) Is he able to say whether Clause 3B of the Medical Treatment Act, Other Legal Rights Not Affected, take precedence over medical advance directives;

(5) Given that some states allow persons to sign medical advance directives indicating the circumstances under which they wish medical treatment to be withdrawn, is he able to say whether the A.C.T. Medical Treatment Act, with directions that can be made under Part 11 of the Act, suffice to allow patients to make directions about requesting withdrawal of treatment;

(6) If not, is he able to advise to what extent would a medical advance directive that was completed while one is in another medical state, provide direction and legal protection to A.C.T. medical practitioners who might act on such medical advance directives, if the person currently resides in the A.C.T.;

(7) With reference to Part C, Section 13, Power to Consent to Medical Treatment and Medical Donation, is he able to say whether this can include medical treatment which


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