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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 12 Hansard (15 October) . . Page.. 4674..


(4) Yes.

(5) It is the Governments intention that the reports will be made public on the Treasury the website.

Pace Farm—battery hens

(Question No 321)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 17 September 2009:

(1) In relation to Pace egg production at Parkwood, is the Minister aware that the cage doors (not the floor space) are too small to meet the poultry welfare code requirements.

(2) Will the Government enforce the law to ensure Parkwood upgrades their cages to comply with all aspects of the code.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) I have recently been advised that the door sizes at Pace Farms are being upgraded to meet the non-mandatory requirements of this Code of Practice.


Pace Farms have commenced remedial action, with phase one due for completion in mid October 2009.

(2) Codes of practice made under the Animal Welfare Act 1992 are not mandatory in nature. Animal welfare codes provide information on what is considered best practice; non-compliance of a code is therefore not enforceable unless breaches to the Animal Welfare Act 1992 are also evident.


Under the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS) changes will be made to the ACT's Animal Welfare Act 1992 allowing aspects of model codes to be regulatory in nature. Changes to the Animal Welfare Act 1992 are planned for adoption in late 2010.

Brindabella Christian College—car park

(Question No 323)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 17 September 2009 (redirected to the Minister for Sport and Recreation):

(1) On what date was the land, to be used as a car park for Brindabella Christian College, transferred from Territory and Municipal Services to the Brindabella Christian College and on what date did this lease commence.

(2) Did the Minister declare this area to be part of an existing school; if so, on what date did he make this declaration; if not, why not.


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