Page 1935 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 27 June 2023

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the oesophagus or stomach of a horse; bovine ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis; artificial insemination of horses; live animal tissue sample collection; ovary removal; sterilisation by flank and dropped ovary cattle splaying; and certifying animal
disease status.

There are a lot of things I have learned when looking at this bill.

To summarise, the aim of the Transport Canberra and City Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 is to update legislation on cemeteries and crematoria; litter and plastic reduction; and veterinary practice. It also provides clarity and corrections to existing legislation. Most of it is of very little interest to most people but it is important stuff.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the directorate officials and the minister’s staff for providing Ms Lawder and her office with a briefing on this bill in May. I close by saying that the Canberra Liberals will be supporting this bill today.

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (11.30): The ACT Greens are happy to support this bill. I thank my colleagues Ms Lawder, and Mr Parton in her absence, for giving us such a comprehensive outline of what is in the bill. I was very pleased to receive a briefing on the contents of this bill. It all looks eminently sensible and straightforward. It is based on a great deal of operational information and customer and Canberran feedback, and we are pleased to see these sensible amendments progressing.

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for Skills, Minister for Transport and City Services and Special Minister of State) (11.31), in reply: I am pleased to conclude debate on the Transport Canberra and City Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 in the Assembly today. It is an omnibus bill that makes a range of minor and technical amendments to legislation underpinning the operations of the cemeteries and crematoria, veterinary practitioners, litter and illegal dumping compliance and plastic reduction legislation. This bill amends four acts: the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act, the Litter Act, the Veterinary Practice Act and the Plastic Reduction Act.

Amendments to the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act make technical corrections relating to the application for burials and cremations, protect personal information when ashes are collected by family members, and formalise the position of the Chief Executive Officer for the ACT Cemeteries and Crematoria Authority as a member of the ACT Public Service. These are amendments being brought forward to ensure that the act reflects current practice and ensure better support for families when managing the death of a loved one.

Amendments to the Litter Act will help to clarify the intent of a range of litter and illegal dumping offences relating to depositing waste at management facilities and securing loads on vehicles. These changes ensure continued best practice.

The Veterinary Practice Act is being amended to refine the administrative arrangements for the ACT Veterinary Practitioners Board and to update the list of restricted acts of veterinary science included in subordinate legislation. These amendments are being made to update the legislation and regulation to reflect current best practice and to support animal welfare by making sure that only registered vets are permitted to undertake some restricted acts, as defined by the act.


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