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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 3 Hansard (13 March) . . Page.. 443..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

Mr Speaker, section 42 (1) of the bill provides that the animal ethics committee must give, upon application, an authorised person an identity certificate under section 42 of the bill. Research organisations such as the ANU make applications under this section for research purposes. Listing multiple authorisations that a person holds on the one identity certificate would pose a significant administrative burden and may be impractical to administer.

An amendment to section 42 (2) (b) of the bill will be made to remove the words "each authorisation that a person holds". The removal of the words will ensure that the administrative processes involved in issuing an identity certificate to an authorised person operate in an efficient and practical manner for all parties involved. I commend the amendments to the Assembly.

MR PRATT (Brindabella) (12.09): Mr Speaker, the opposition will be supporting the government's amendments.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.09 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Bushfires—briefing

MR STEFANIAK: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, you stated last week in relation to Chief Police Officer Murray being briefed about the progress of the January 2003 bushfires: "I think perhaps he had the same briefing as the cabinet had."In evidence given to the inquiry, Mr Murray was asked:

Is there any reason you are aware of or have learned of since as to why what was put before the ACT cabinet on the morning of the 16th of January couldn't have likewise been put before you on the afternoon of 16 January by either Mr Lucas-Smith or Mr Castle, both of whom were present?

Mr Murray replied:

I have no reason. Nothing to offer to that question. I have no idea why.

Chief Minister, why weren't the Australian Federal Police given the same briefing on the status of the bushfires as was given to cabinet?

MR STANHOPE: I have no idea, Mr Speaker—none at all.

MR STEFANIAK: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Chief Minister, why weren't the Australian Federal Police represented at the briefing that was given to cabinet on the morning of 16 January 2003?


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