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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 11 Hansard (16 September) . . Page.. 4113..

MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

circulated in Mr Stanhope's name [see schedule 1 at page 4131]. This amendment inserts into the dictionary of the Eggs (Labelling and Sale) Act 2001 new definitions to include barn eggs and free-range eggs to enable the amendments to clause 11 to work. The government's amendment also tidies up the definition of cage eggs in Ms Le Couteur's bill.

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (6.01): We will be supporting the amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 14, as amended, agreed to.

Postponed clause 2.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Treasurer, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Women) (6.02): I move amendment No 1 circulated in Mr Stanhope's name [see schedule 1 at page 4128].

The government amendment to the commencement provision proposes a single commencement for the bill on 1 January 2010. The bill as presented proposed a ban on keeping hens in cages from 1 January 2011 and the Greens' proposed signage requirements start on 1 January 2010 but then change on 1 January 2011. Under the government's proposal there is no need for the signs to change on 1 January 2011 and the bill as amended can commence in its entirety on 1 January 2010.

We believe, and I think Mr Stanhope has argued earlier this evening, that this is sufficient time to give retailers around 31/2 months to make arrangements for the required signage.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 2, as amended, agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Corbell) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Ms Porter for this sitting on the grounds of ill health.

Eggs (cage systems) legislation

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (6.04): Mr Speaker, during the last debate Ms Hunter asked that I table a—

Mr Barr: Laptop?

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