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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 9 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 2958..


prohibitive to obtaining a firearms licence within the current legislation. Only the general provisions for licencing, sections 21 and 22, can be used in determining whether an applicant is a fit and proper person.

(2) The ACT Firearms Act 1996, has no instruments for the review of licences once they have been issued other than as above. The licence remains valid for a period of five years. Once a licence has been granted it is not reviewed in practical terms other than:

In regulation of such provisions as storage compliance

Investigation arising from other matters of criminality or police intelligence;

Transactions within the Firearms Act 1996 - permit to acquire/purchase a firearm.

On the purchase of a firearm the full checking processes are applied to both the applicant and the firearm. These processes are limited to CRIMTRAC and PROMIS, which is the same process for a firearm application. Additionally, ACT Policing Firearms Registry will conduct an intelligence check on Persons of Interest based on a reported activity or suspicion of improper activity from internally generated information reports.

Music-noise levels

(Question No 411)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 23 June 2005:

In relation to the ACT Government's paper on Contemporary Live Music in the ACT, dated 5 August 2004, can the Minister advise on the commitments that were made by Government in the paper, including:

(a) the outcome of meetings held with industry stakeholders regarding the establishment of an industry association;

(b) Government advice on programs of support through which such an association may seek funding;

(c) participation of young people in the assessment of music project funding applications through the ACT Arts Funding Program;

(d) development of an event planning guide for event organisers;

(e) production of a fact sheet relating to noise from entertainment venues;

(f) assistance to venue operators to develop their expertise in managing noise;

(g) exploration of legislative change to extend the time for maximum daily noise levels in Civic and town centres from 10 pm to a later time on Friday and Saturday nights, and for special events;

(h) if Environment ACT and ACT Planning and Land Authority will finalise the review of methods used to measure noise; and

(i) if ACT Planning and Land Authority will develop an integrated approach to noise attenuation.


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