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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 1533..


Thursday, 7 June 2007

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR SESELJA (Molonglo): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee).

The Land Tax (Interest and Penalty) Amendment Bill 2007 would amend the Land Tax Act 2004 to regulate the levying of interest rates and penalty tax where an owner fails to notify the commissioner that their property is rented. The committee has examined this bill and offers no comment on it.

Postponement of notice

Ordered that order of the day No 1, executive business, relating to the Revenue Legislation (Housing Affordability Initiatives) Amendment Bill 2007, be postponed until a later hour this day.

Domestic Animals Amendment Bill 2007

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Housing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (10.33): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I present the Domestic Animals Amendment Bill 2007. The need to amend the act arose from the government's wide-ranging review of the act, which was undertaken in 2005-06, five years after the original act commenced. The amendments will ensure the ACT's domestic animals laws reflect contemporary best practice, bringing them up to date with Victoria and New South Wales.

This bill amends the act, introducing a number of new provisions for domestic dog and cat management in the territory. They highlight my government's continuing commitment to promoting responsible dog and cat ownership and, taken together, they offer a more integrated, cost-effective approach to domestic animals management in the territory.

The bill was released as an exposure draft in December 2006 until 28 February 2007 to allow comment by stakeholders and the general public. In total, 61 written


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