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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 4 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 1136..


Stock Bill 2005

Mr Stanhope , pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs) (10.50): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle

Mr Speaker, I am pleased to present the Stock Bill 2005. As I mentioned in the presentation speech on the Animal Diseases Bill just tabled, this bill will allow the government to take effective action to deal with straying stock and recover the costs associated with the management of straying stock.

It will also complement the Animal Diseases Bill by updating the procedures required to move stock and use marks so that appropriate records are maintained for disease tracking purposes. Mr Speaker, I commend the Stock Bill 2005 to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Pest Plants and Animals Bill 2005

Mr Stanhope , pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs) (10.51): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, I bring to the Assembly today a bill for the regulation of pest plants and animals in the ACT. Pest plants and animals harm the natural environment and have a significant economic impact on natural resource management and agricultural activities. The extent of pest plant and animal infestation in the ACT and the potential for the introduction of new invasive species are of growing concern.

Each year, the ACT government expends in excess of $1.5 million to control environmental weeds and pest animals on publicly managed lands. Considerable effort and expenditure is also made by rural lessees to reduce the economic loss and environmental damage caused by invasive species.

In May 2001 a discussion paper on existing weed and animal pests legislation was released for public consultation. The paper canvassed views on a number of key proposals to more effectively manage pest problems in the territory. Community


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