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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 10 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 3840..

MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: As required by the Financial Management Act 1996, I table an instrument issued under section 19B of the act. The direction and a statement of reasons must be tabled in the Assembly within three sitting days after it is given. Section 19B of the act allows for an appropriation to be authorised for any new commonwealth payments where no appropriation has been made in respect of those funds by my direction.

The territory has received additional grant funding of $2.062 million from the commonwealth for the better TAFE facilities national partnership. The Canberra Institute of Technology's appropriation will be increased to facilitate on-passage of this amount in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning facilities across the vocational education training sector. I commend the instrument to the Assembly.

Director of Public Prosecutions Act—(Fireworks) Direction 2009 (No 1)

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Director of Public Prosecutions Act—Director of Public Prosecutions (Fireworks) Direction 2009 (No 1)—Notifiable Instrument NI2009-411, dated 26 August 2009.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: For the information of members, I have presented the Director of Public Prosecutions (Fireworks) Direction 2009 (No 1) which will protect the public from prosecution for possession of fireworks during the fireworks hand-in period to be held from this Saturday, 29 August, until Sunday, 13 September. During the course of preparing this direction, I consulted with the Director of Public Prosecutions on the proposed form it should take. The direction I table today is the result of that consultation.

The sale, use and possession of fireworks in the ACT without a licence is prohibited under the Dangerous Substances Act 2004, apart from very low intensity fireworks like sparklers, bonbons and party poppers. On the commencement today of the Dangerous Substances (Explosives) Regulation Amendment 2009 (No 2), the former exception for the use by members of the public of consumer fireworks during the period of the Queen's Birthday long weekend no longer applies. This means that it is now a criminal offence for members of the public to possess and use fireworks at any time without a licence.

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