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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2159 ..


within our community. National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to celebrate volunteers, and the 2018 volunteering awards acknowledged the contributions of outstanding individual and team volunteers across our community.

The host of the awards, Volunteering and Contact ACT, is a vital partner working throughout the year to link people, government and non-government organisations. It fosters community networks and undertakes research, advocacy and public education programs. I look forward to continuing to work with Volunteering and Contact ACT as well as with other community organisations and volunteers themselves as we implement the ACT volunteering statement action plan 2018-21.

Finally, on behalf of the ACT government I again express my appreciation and that of the government to all those who volunteer or who use their skills to help others volunteer in a way that is meaningful and rewarding. I present the following papers:

ACT Volunteering Statement Action Plan 2018-2021—Ministerial statement, 7 June 2018.

ACT Volunteering Statement—Action Plan 2018-2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Animal Diseases Amendment Bill 2018

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (10.24): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Animal Diseases Amendment Bill 2018 to the Assembly. The bill makes a number of amendments to the Animal Diseases Act 2005. The purpose of this bill is to extend the use of the national livestock identification system, known as the NLIS, to owners of sheep, goats and pigs. At present it applies only to cattle owners. The bill makes it compulsory to identify these animals with a permanent identifier and to record their movements.

The bill also requires that movement information about cattle, sheep and goats be uploaded electronically to the NLIS database. It is not required to record the movement of pigs to the NLIS database, although this may change when the


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