Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 5881..
whether it should be drafted in such a way as to set criteria or create particular conditions under which the minister may stop an authorisation taking place. But, given the particular subject matter, we are of the view that the broader discretion for the minister is appropriate in these circumstances.
In summary, the Greens will be supporting this bill. I hope that the occasions on which provisions in the bill are utilised are few and far between. We appreciate that the department is involved with pest animal management, and we need to ensure that these provisions are available before they are needed so we do not get caught out not being able to access the correct skills and expertise in the event that they are required.
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (5.00), in reply: I thank members for their support of this bill. Again, this bill is not a complex one, nor is it one that creates significant changes to the way the Firearms Act operates. However, it is an important amendment, because it will allow the territory to be able to engage commercial shooters who have category D firearms licences in other jurisdictions to operate here in the territory.
This is important, because there is a limited number of commercial shooters with category D licences available in the territory. Often it is desirable and indeed more effective for commercial shooters with category D licences to operate from another jurisdiction into the territory for the purposes of pest animal control. The notion of pest animal control is, of course, always a difficult subject, but it is necessary in protecting native ecosystems and species. I would like to thank members for their support of the bill. It is an important reform. I commend it to the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.
Bill agreed to.
Motion by (Mr Corbell) proposed:
That the Assembly do now adjourn.
Mr Thomas Reid
MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (5.02): I wish to bring to the attention of the Assembly the death of Thomas Reid on 2 October this year. Tommy Reid, or Tom as he was better known to his friends, will probably be best known to most people here as the husband of Senator Margaret Reid, long-time senator for the ACT.
Thomas was born in Glasgow in 1927 and was encouraged from an early age to study as a means of getting on. He won a bursary to the prestigious Morrison's Academy at