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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 12 Hansard (24 October) . . Page.. 3813..


MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education) (12.10): Just briefly, the government will be supporting the Greens amendments Nos 2, 3 and 4.

Amendments agreed to.

Schedule 1, part 1.2, as amended, agreed to.

Remainder of the bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Executive business—precedence

Motion (by Ms Gallagher, by leave) agreed to:

That Executive Member's business be called on forthwith.

Territory and Municipal Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

Debate resumed from 6 June 2013, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR COE (Ginninderra) (12.12): The opposition will be supporting the Territory and Municipal Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2013. This is the first omnibus bill for the Territory and Municipal Services portfolio. I am pleased that TAMS has adopted the omnibus approach and I hope that this will ensure that legislation in this portfolio will be amended in a timely manner.

The bill amends the Animal Diseases Act 2005 and Animal Diseases Regulation 2006, the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003, and the Stock Act 2005 and Stock Regulation 2005.

The amendments to the Animal Diseases Act 2005 and the Animal Diseases Regulation 2006 are designed to make the legislation consistent with legislation in other Australian jurisdictions. The amendments contain a new definition for non-restricted animal material which replaces the current definition of non-restricted feed material. This amendment will ensure that feed tag labelling requirements in the ACT are the same as those in other jurisdictions. This will mean that stockfeed produced and packaged interstate will comply with ACT requirements.

The amendments to the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 correct anomalies and provide clarification. Currently, under section 24(1)(b) a person is exempt from the offence of burying human remains in a place other than a cemetery if they have written permission from the minister. However, there is currently no provision for the minister to provide this permission. This bill corrects this omission and gives the


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