Page 772 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 28 March 2023

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The Assembly voted—

 Ayes 15

 Noes 8

Mr Barr

Ms Orr

Mr Cain

Mr Braddock

Dr Paterson

Ms Castley

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mr Cocks

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Davidson

Ms Stephen-Smith

Ms Lawder

Mr Davis

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Milligan

Mr Gentleman

Mr Parton

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Minister for Health—conduct

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (4.15): I seek leave to move the motion circulated in my name, calling on the health minister to apologise for misleading the Assembly.

Leave not granted.

Mr Gentleman: Mr Deputy Speaker, we will grant leave for a period later today after normal business, private members’ business and executive business have been dealt with.

Animals—snakes

DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (4.16): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the ACT has an abundance of native wildlife, this includes eight different species of snakes of which five are regarded venomous to humans;

(b) snakes are important in maintaining a healthy biodiversity in maintaining our environment. Snakes are important to our ecosystem in Canberra, where along with other reptiles, they make up a significant proportion of the middle-order predators that keep natural ecosystems working. Without them, the numbers of prey species would increase to unnatural levels and the predators that eat snakes would struggle to find food;

(c) snakes are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 2014, and it is an offence to kill, injure or take snakes from the wild;

(d) in the ACT, snakes are most active from September to April when they sun themselves or when they move in search of food or water. Sometimes in their pursuit of food or water, they can enter suburban gardens and houses;


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