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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 3 Hansard (30 March) . . Page.. 832..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

targeted approach to regulating serious harm or death to an animal by a person's reckless conduct. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stefaniak ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Pest Plants and Animals Amendment Bill 2006

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, and Acting Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Business, Minister for Tourism, Minister for Sport and Recreation, and Minister for Racing and Gaming) (11.04): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I table today a bill regulating the reckless conduct by a person who imports a prohibited pest plant or something contaminated by a prohibited pest plant into the ACT. The bill proposes to make an amendment to the Pest Plants and Animals Act 2005 by inserting an offence provision whereby a person who imports a prohibited pest plant or something contaminated by a prohibited pest plant is reckless about whether the thing imported is a prohibited pest plant or contaminated by a prohibited pest plant and whether the importation would result, or is likely to result, in the spread of prohibited pest plants of that kind in the ACT. That is very clear. The maximum penalty is 50 penalty units.

The offence provisions do not apply to an entity prescribed by regulation or to a person who has a permit to propagate, import or supply a prohibited pest plant in the ACT. The bill addresses the ACT weeds strategy, developed in 1996, coordinating government and community-based activity to prioritise and take action against weed infestations in the ACT. It also embraces nationally agreed principles of the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council and the Primary Industries Ministerial Council, which the ACT is a member of. This will assist in ACT compliance with related agreements. The bill represents a more comprehensive and targeted approach to regulating the importation of prohibited pest plants by a person's reckless conduct. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stefaniak ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Radiation Protection Bill 2006

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

Title read by Clerk.


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