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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 2 Hansard (25 February) . . Page.. 702..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

through the 23 key elements and consider the changes that can be made to legislation, enforcement systems and administrative arrangements to achieve the worthy goal of nationally consistent regulation.

Alongside this legislation, and in consideration of the fact that nationally consistent mandatory codes of practice will only commence to be introduced from the end of this year, the government will, before this bill is debated, be introducing new regulations to impose mandatory standards for the welfare of poultry.

These regulations will provide specific requirements for cage design, inspection regimes and stocking density, as well as stipulating water and feed trough sizes and minimum design standards. The new regulations will allow the ACT to continue to lead the nation ahead of the introduction of a national regulatory code of practice for the welfare of poultry to which this bill will give effect.

Combined, these measures will ensure that the ACT government continues to be a leader in the realistic and practical reform of the caged hen industry.

Mr Speaker, I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Crimes (Serious Organised Crime) Amendment Bill 2010

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.11): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Organised crime continues to present many challenges in jurisdictions within Australia and overseas. Organised crime has been at the forefront of media attention in recent times, particularly in relation to outlaw motorcycle gangs, and jurisdictions in Australia have been evaluating their legislative responses to serious organised crime.

The government in the ACT has also taken the opportunity to examine the responsiveness of the ACT's legislative framework to tackle the multijurisdictional nature of serious organised crime. The Legislative Assembly passed a motion on 1 April last year resolving that the government provide advice to the Assembly on various aspects of organised crime in the ACT and other relevant jurisdictions.

On 24 June last year, I tabled the government report to the ACT Legislative Assembly: Serious organised crime groups and activities. This report is a


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