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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 1 Hansard (14 February) . . Page.. 289 ..


aspirational goal. So I can only continue to consider this to be a thought bubble. Given that her government cannot even provide spaces for the four-year-olds who want a place in preschool the minister is being deluded at best.

I am not sure that the environment directorate should not be seriously concerned that the minister has wasted so many sheets of paper to tell us nothing. Yes, it meets the Assembly's requirement to report back to the Assembly. Does it tell us anything new? No, it does not. I hope Mr Rattenbury is also as disappointed as I am. Does it provide an increased level of confidence in the competency of this minister? It does not do that either.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning and Urban Renewal—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (4.27): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal relating to statutory appointments in accordance with continuing resolution 5A. I inform the Assembly that during the period 1 July 2018 to 31 December 2018 the standing committee considered no statutory appointments.

Consumer Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Debate resumed from 29 November 2018, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (4.29): The Canberra Liberals will support this bill, but I will make some comments on its provisions. The bill makes amendments to the Eggs (Labelling and Sale) legislation and the Fair Trading (Fuel Prices) Act. I will address each individually.

The egg-labelling amendments change the current definitions of terms such as free range to make ACT labelling consistent with the commonwealth government's new Australian Consumer Law (Free Range Egg Labelling) Information Standard. However, there seems to be a dispute here between what the ACT minister, Mr Rattenbury, would like to see on the labels and what the new commonwealth standard requires to be shown.

Specifically, the new standard for free range requires a maximum of 10,000 hens per hectare. The minister's view is that free range should only be a maximum of 1,500 hens per hectare. What this has resulted in is that the bill will require that ACT egg labels state, "These are free-range eggs but the ACT government supports a free-range stocking density of 1,500 hens or fewer per hectare." This label must appear regardless of how many chickens there actually were per hectare or what the national standard actually is.


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