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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 7 Hansard (3 July) . . Page.. 2777..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

South Wales are over New South Wales territory. We will be in line with commonwealth legislation as well.

Proposed new clause 79A agreed to.

Clause 80.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (7.06): I move amendment No 14 circulated in my name [see schedule 3 at page 2791].

This amendment, which is the final government amendment, includes high-powered laser pointers in the new schedule 14, other prohibited weapons, in the amended Prohibited Weapons Act. Once other amendments commence, the maximum penalty for the use or possession of prohibited weapons, including laser pointers, will be a $50,000 fine or imprisonment for five years.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 80, as amended, agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole, and agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Members—travel

MR SPEAKER: Earlier today, Mr Mulcahy asked a question on notice in relation to proposed travel to Kiribati and other matters. Mr Mulcahy will be aware that I introduced the practice in December 2004 of tabling on a regular basis a non-executive members travel report. The cost that Mr Mulcahy seeks will be detailed in a future report to the Assembly. I was tempted to leave it until then, but I thought, now that the question had been asked, we can answer it.

Can I also remind members that the visit to Kiribati was a result of a decision of the ACT CPA branch in March 2008 where it was resolved to send a bipartisan delegation along with the Clerk in response to the initiative of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to twin the Australian Capital Territory parliament with that of Kiribati.

The estimated cost of the travel is: fares, $14,283; accommodation, $840; and the estimated meal cost of $600. There will be no cost incurred in Kiribati, as the delegation is staying at the high commissioner's residence. None of these costs are being met from members' study trip allowances.

The duration of the travel to Kiribati is five days. The delegation departs Canberra on Monday, 21 July, and returns on Friday, 25 July. It should be noted that there are only two flights to Tarawa in a week; so if you think you are missing out on something, think again.


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